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24 May 2024 to 26 May 2024
(Antigua and Barbuda Time)
The SIDS Global Children and Youth Action Summit (GCYAS) will be held from 24 – 26 May 2024, ahead of the Fourth UN SIDS Conference (SIDS4), which is set to take place in Antigua and Barbuda from 27 – 30 May 2024. The Commonwealth Secretariat is partnering with UNICEF, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Ashley Lashley Foundation to support this Summit.
The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is not equitable in the world or across the Commonwealth. NCDs are collectively responsible for the deaths of 41 million people per year, accounting for 74 per cent of deaths worldwide. Each year, 17 million people die from an NCD before the age of 70 – and almost 50 per cent of these deaths occur in Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth is disproportionately affected by premature, preventable deaths due to NCDs, which in turn have a profound impact on economic prosperity and are a major threat to sustainable development.
Read publication - Addressing the Rising Burden of Non-communicable Diseases in the Commonwealth: Full Report
Blog by Fariba Soetan, Head of Policy and Research at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

As 13 nations across the Commonwealth head to the ballot box this year, and families, parents and citizens consider their priorities for the ensuing decade, attention turns towards the global effort to tackle world challenges, outlined in the UN sustainable development goals and slated for achievement by 2030 and beyond.
Read news - Higher education to play an urgent role in tackling global challenges
Education ministers and senior officials will converge in London for the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (22CCEM) meeting from May 16-17, 2024. The meeting will discuss ways to further empower 2.6 billion Commonwealth citizens, with inclusive and equitable learning opportunities for all skill levels and life stages.
Read news - Commonwealth ministers urged to harness digital tools for accelerated and inclusive education 
26 April 2024 to 26 April 2024
The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), will launch the Global Youth Development Index (YDI) Update Report 2023 on Friday, 26 April 2024. The report will be launched at Marlborough House, with an online audience from the 56 member states, as part of activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth.
Blog by Micheala Chan and Angelos Pastras, the Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Youth Action Group.

Education is the cornerstone of the energy transition. In an era dominated by social media, young people are uniquely positioned to leverage their influence to build public consciousness around energy challenges, shape public awareness and garner support for climate and energy policies. Movements such as School Strike for Climate provide a prime example, exemplifying the power of young people to effectively advocate for climate action.
Read news - Blog: Empowering Youth for the Sustainable Energy Transition