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Leaders demand urgent climate action in Dorian’s wake Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley speaking at an UNCTAD event

16 September 2019

In the lead up to next week’s global climate summit in New York and barely two weeks after Hurricane Dorian battered The Bahamas, the Commonwealth’s top official is calling for urgent action to tackle climate change and its disastrous impacts.

‘Unite to change the world’ Secretary-General tells young diplomats Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking with young diplomats

13 September 2019

The Secretary-General has urged young diplomats posted to London from across the world to pool their talent, knowledge and dynamism to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Show courage to make the world a better place, Secretary-General tells future global leaders Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, speaking to future global leaders

13 September 2019

Courage is the greatest measure of a leader and young people should not be afraid to “go against the flow” when acting on their convictions, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has said.

Secretary-General expresses condolences on the passing of the Prime Minister of Tonga Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva

12 September 2019

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has expressed her profound sadness at the passing today of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, at age 78.

Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of a national dialogue in Cameroon

11 September 2019

Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, has welcomed an address by Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon, in which he launched a national dialogue aimed at addressing the current crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions of his country.

Report paves way for boom in Sri Lankan e-commerce Digital connections across a city

11 September 2019

Micro, small and medium businesses (MSMEs) in Sri Lanka are gearing up to take advantage of new proposals that will boost participation in global e-commerce.

Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight Mountain Gorilla eating grass

9 September 2019

The Secretary-General was granted the honour of naming a baby gorilla during a Rwandan ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people. Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy Delegate at Women Affairs Ministers Meeting

9 September 2019

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030.

Robert Mugabe: 1924 - 2019 Robert Mugabe at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1991

6 September 2019

Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, whose death has been announced, was among the last of the generation of African leaders who led their countries to independence. He also played a prominent part as a Commonwealth leader until the circumstances leading to the withdrawal of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth in 2003.

Sport has ‘unparalleled potential’ to boost equality and peace Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking at Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda

6 September 2019

The Secretary-General has outlined how sport can be harnessed to boost international development by “changing perceptions and altering attitudes”.