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As countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and face the compounding challenges of global inflation, debt, climate change and sociopolitical scenarios, there is a need to explore new investment strategies to accelerate economic development, build resilience and balance competing environmental, economic and social pressures. In this context, the concept of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as a framework for sustainable growth has gained new relevance. This paper discusses the potential benefits of ESG in terms of enabling sustainable economic growth in the Commonwealth, including possible technical assistance, capacity building and policy development on ESG for public debt management and improved public sector sustainability, including collaboration with International Financial Institutions financing standards.
Read publication - Environmental, Social and Governance Practices for Value Creation in the Commonwealth
This week, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s International Trade Policy team in partnership with The UK Department for Business and Trade held an event to reflect on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and how businesses can continue to build on the relationships forged throughout the Games and the trade and investment opportunities available for businesses. 
Read news - Assessing the trade gains from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Secretariat, Trade Competitiveness Section in collaboration with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD), and the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce, held a two-day training workshop on the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) from 7-8 November 2022 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Read news - Commonwealth trains officials in Pakistan on the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Free Trade Agreements
11 November 2022 to 11 November 2022
The Commonwealth Secretariat will host this roundtable workshop at Climate Law & Governance Day 2022 in collaboration with University of Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Governance (CEENRG) and the University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise & Development (SEED).