Latest content: Small states

19 April 2022 to 19 April 2022
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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.
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
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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 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  
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
Commonwealth Central Bank Governors met today to explore ‘Financial Technology for Economic Recovery’ and particularly the use of Central Bank Digital Currencies, a new technology that could give the most vulnerable in societies around the world better access to financial services.
Read press release - Commonwealth Small States Prioritise Financial Inclusion and Lead the World on Central Bank Digital Currencies