More than 20 restorative justice officers have taken part in capacity-building workshops on handling complex and sensitive cases under a programme supporting Jamaica’s efforts to strengthen its criminal justice system.Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat trains Jamaican restorative justice officials
Polling has officially begun in Papua New Guinea as the country chooses its members of parliament in its national election.Read news - Commonwealth observers stationed across Papua New Guinea as nation votes
The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) has arrived in Papua New Guinea and begun its assessment of the electoral process, in the run-up to polling in the Papua New Guinea National Election from 2nd July.Read news - Commonwealth’s election observers on duty in Papua New Guinea
Former president of Nauru, H.E. Baron Waqa, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Papua New Guinea’s national election. Polling will take place between 2 and 22 July.Read news - Commonwealth to observe Papua New Guinea’s 2022 national elections
On 26 May 2022, the Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat hosted a one-day workshop on business and human rights at the Labourdonnais Hotel, Port Louis, Mauritius, attended by over 30 key stakeholders in Government, parastatal bodies, civil society, businesses, and trade unions in Mauritius.Read news - Human Rights Unit engages with Government, private sector and civil society stakeholders on Business and Human Rights in Mauritius
The Commonwealth Observer Group has presented its final report on Gambia’s 2021 presidential elections. The Group deemed the election peaceful, credible, transparent, and inclusive, and offered recommendations for consideration to improve future elections.Read news - Commonwealth releases final observer report on Gambia’s 2021 presidential election
8 June 2022 to 8 June 2022
Effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will require countries to develop and strengthen their enabling legal frameworks at the national level.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General has called for greater collaboration among Commonwealth Caribbean member states in the fight against corruption. She was speaking at the opening of an anti-corruption conference, currently underway in St Kitts and Nevis.Read news - Secretary-General calls for greater collaborative efforts to tackle corruption in the Caribbean
This week, young people in Mauritius are joining a 3-day workshop on ‘Human Rights and Youth Engagement’ to help build local young people’s confidence and knowledge of human rights and empower them to deliver human rights training sessions to youth in their communities.Read news - Commonwealth works with Mauritius to shape next generation of leaders to prioritise human rights
23 May 2022 to 25 May 2022
The 8th Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) will take place in St. Kitts and Nevis, and virtually, from 23 – 25 May 2022 under the theme, ‘Controlling Corruption – Preventative Mechanisms Work Better Than Reactive Measures’.
7 June 2022 to 7 June 2022
In 2021, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors published the Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Benchmarks.
The Commonwealth Secretariat has today held the second session of its Marlborough Dialogues in London today. The dialogues are a new forum for discussion with political leaders and thinkers from within the Commonwealth.Read news - Second Marlborough Dialogues welcomes former Kenyan Prime Minister Odinga
The Commonwealth Secretariat has today held the first instance of a new forum for discussion and dialogue with political leaders and thinkers from within the Commonwealth.Read news - Marlborough Dialogues welcomes the Deputy President of Kenya
1 July 2020
In 2020, the Commonwealth commemorated 40 years of election observation.
On Human Rights Day, The Commonwealth's Dr Shavana Haythornthwaite and Dr Justin Pettit, explain that human rights are also a crucial part of the solution to effectively addressing environmental degradation and climate change.Read news - Human Rights Day: From recognition to action on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment
The unique but customary way Gambians cast their votes in the 2021 presidential election did not hinder transparency, according to Commonwealth observers.Read news - Gambian presidential election “transparent” as marbles make democracy count, says Commonwealth observers
The opening of polls in The Gambia's presidential election received an enthusiastic response from voters who patiently formed long queues to cast their votes.Read news - The sound of democracy as Gambians go to the polls with a difference
A Commonwealth election observer group has arrived in Banjul, Gambia to observe the presidential election due to be held on Saturday, 4 December 2021.Read news - Election observation group arrives in The Gambia
A five-day series of workshops designed to help African election professionals keep pace with best practice has concluded in Ghana.Read news - Election experts upskill at African training event
Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo will lead a Commonwealth team tasked with observing The Gambia’s Presidential Election scheduled for 4 December 2021.Read news - Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo to head Commonwealth observation of The Gambia’s Presidential Election
Electoral officials from across Commonwealth countries in Africa have joined a workshop in Ghana on delivering transparent, credible, and inclusive electoral processes.Read news - Commonwealth training in latest election best practice gets underway in Ghana
15 November 2021 to 19 November 2021
The Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting its third Africa regional training event for Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) in Ghana from 15-19 November 2021.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has released the report of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to Saint Lucia’s General elections of 26 July 2021.Read news - Saint Lucia elections “peaceful and transparent” says Commonwealth report
At a time when the world is going through multiple challenges that have, to a large extent, been amplified by the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is incumbent upon peacebuilding institutions to ramp up investments in national and international efforts to strengthen inclusive, equitable and sustainable structures for long-term post-pandemic peace and prosperity.Read news - Blog: Building Strategic Partnerships to Support Peaceful and Inclusive Elections in Member States
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, shares a video message to mark International Day of Peace, which is observed globally on 21 September.Read news - 2021 Peace Day message by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth