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The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Public Service and Cabinet Secretaries meeting is currently underway virtually. Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, and the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, opened the forum by delivering keynote addresses highlighting the need for collective efforts to deliver sustainable and effective performance in government.
Read news - Commonwealth’s top civil servants discuss strategies to build robust public service
The Commonwealth Secretariat will host its 2nd Biennial Pan-Commonwealth Meeting of Heads of Public Service and Cabinet Secretaries in June. Confirmed speakers include the Prime Ministers of Barbados and Bhutan, cabinet secretaries, former senior government officials, academics, and representatives of international organisations.
Read news - Commonwealth Heads of Public Service to discuss government performance management for sustainable development
Following the establishment of the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Action Group (CWAMAG) in May 2021, Ministers reconvened virtually on 26 April 2022 to continue their efforts to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on gender inequality in the Commonwealth.
Read news - Women’s Affairs Ministers discuss the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of women and girls across the Commonwealth
The 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers is now underway in Nairobi, Kenya. Delegates are set to address educational priority issues towards the 2030 Agenda, at a time when the world is recovering from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read press release - Nairobi conference of Commonwealth education ministers kicks off with renewed calls for rebuilding resilient education systems
Education has long been an area in which the Commonwealth makes a distinct contribution. Since 1959, Conferences of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEMs) have brought together ministers of education, officials, academics, teachers, students and civil society groups to engage with key priority issues for education.
Member countries have a combined population of 2.5 billion people, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age. Our youth development work is delivered through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, which has been supporting member countries for over 40 years.