The two organisations will broaden their existing cooperation to promote the ocean economy, curb plastic pollution, support least-developed countries, bolster the digital economy and boost gender equality.Read news - Commonwealth and UNCTAD expand development cooperation
Blog by Sasha Jattansingh, Commonwealth National Climate Finance Adviser to Antigua and Barbuda and Nadia Spencer-Henry, Debt Manager, Government of Antigua and BarbudaRead news - Navigating Climate Finance as a small island state: Lessons from Antigua and Barbuda
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, has applauded the adoption of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting this week in Suva, Fiji.Read news - Commonwealth Secretary-General lauds new Pacific regional strategy
Commonwealth Secretariat secures $10 million in extra funding for Small Island Developing States as Cambridge Collaboration pays dividends.Read news - $10 million extra funding for Commonwealth Small Island Developing States
Today on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, leaders and ministers met for high-level discussions on how to best strengthen support for the Commonwealth’s 32 Small States.Read news - Ministers call for greater international action to strengthen the resilience of Small States
Blog by Travis Mitchell, Adviser and Head, Economic Policy and Small StatesRead news - Blog: GDP+ is long-run solution for recognising Small States vulnerability in development financing
This week the Commonwealth Secretariat held a four-day workshop in the Maldives for grassroots female entrepreneurs to help them leverage digital infrastructure opportunities for E-Commerce and Digital Marketing.Read news - Commonwealth empowers women entrepreneurs in the Maldives to do business through e-commerce
The Commonwealth Secretariat and World Trade Organization (WTO) signed yesterday (11 June) a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations and to enhance the participation of Commonwealth countries in the multilateral trading system.Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat and WTO strengthen efforts to boost trade capacity of Commonwealth members
Ahead of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) starting on 12 June 2022, the Commonwealth Small States Office (CSSO) in Geneva organised two virtual workshops to assist small states with their preparations for the ministerial meeting.Read news - Commonwealth Supporting Small States ahead of WTO Ministerial
Senior government officials, policy makers and industry leaders in the field of data science are gathering in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda this week for an intensive workshop on how to harness data for impactful innovation, while addressing the significant data gaps that Caribbean countries face.Read news - Caribbean countries harness the power of data science
19 April 2022 to 19 April 2022
This Commonwealth Side Event at the 2022 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group will aim to understand how organised crime is affecting the economies of Caribbean Commonwealth countries and how they can build capacity resilience going forward.
The Government of Saint Lucia is rolling out fresh projects that aim to boost the flow of climate finance into the country, with the support of the Commonwealth and key partners.Read news - Saint Lucia explores new climate finance solutions
Last week, 460 young people from across the Commonwealth participated in the Cambridge Country Consultation workshop that aims to transform the capacity of governments in Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to attract sustainable finance for youth initiatives, protect biodiversity and to contribute to resilient economies.Read news - Commonwealth engages with over 400 youth in Cambridge Country Consultation workshop
The Small States Policy Simulation Labs Project is a collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme at the University of Cambridge.
The Commonwealth family has mobilised to assist the Kingdom of Tonga in its time of need, following a devastating undersea volcanic eruption on 15 January 2022, which generated tsunami waves of up to 15m high.Read news - Tonga volcano and tsunami relief
The Commonwealth Secretary-General has expressed her sincere condolences for the lives lost in the double disaster that has engulfed the Pacific Island kingdom of Tonga, while reaffirming the Commonwealth’s willingness to offer maximum assistance.Read news - Commonwealth ready to assist Tonga following dual disasters
This Commonwealth Secretariat blog series features young people from across the Commonwealth who are leading the way on local climate action.
Thirty-two of the world’s 42 small states are Commonwealth members. The Commonwealth has championed small and vulnerable states since the 1980s.
From December 1-3, 2021, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is providing a virtual space 'The IISD’s Trade + Sustainability Hub' for civil society, government, business, and international organizations to discuss trade and sustainable development.
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), to be held from 30 November to 3 December,Read news - Supporting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Commonwealth ahead of WTO Ministerial Conference
The Commonwealth Secretariat organised its first Commonwealth Pavilion at COP26 to serve as an inclusive and collaborative space for member countries and accredited organisations to meet, host side events, convene meetings and showcase research. Here are some of the highlights from the first week of COP26 at the Commonwealth Pavilion.Read news - Commonwealth Pavilion at COP26: Week 1 highlights
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has appealed to world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 to close the gap in ongoing negotiations this week in Glasgow, with millions of lives and livelihoods on the line in climate-vulnerable countries.Read press release - Commonwealth Secretary-General calls on leaders to “dig deeper” in climate talks for the sake of vulnerable nations
A new toolkit launched in the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 aims to unlock clean energy investments for small island nations, many of whom rely heavily on imported fossil fuels for power generation.Read press release - New toolkit to boost clean energy investments in small island nations
Senior trade officials from Commonwealth Small States last week concluded a three-day virtual workshop to prepare for the World Trade Organization’s forthcoming Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12).Read news - Commonwealth Empowers Small States Officials ahead of World Trade Organization negotiations
Breaking the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and accelerating the global uptake of renewable energy will play a decisive role in diminishing the threat of global warming to the survival of life on earth, according to experts. But turning the vision into reality will demand unwavering political will and, critically, massive investment, which can no longer be shouldered solely by aid and development partners.Read news - Mobilising the ‘Tools’ for renewable energy investment in the Seychelles