Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Statement on Cyprus 2021 Commonwealth Secretariat Logo

22 October 2021

The Commonwealth member states, having been briefed by the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, reaffirm herewith the status of Varosha as set out in relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including Resolutions 550 (1984), 789 (1992) and 2587 (2021).

Empowering Youth in Small States at the forefront of Commonwealth COP26 agenda Man tending to a plant

19 October 2021

Yesterday, 20 world-class experts from around the Commonwealth joined two virtual consultations focussed on how to help attract sustainable finance for investment in youth and biodiversity in SIDS.

Commonwealth Launches Voluntary Information and Price Sharing Database Voluntary Information and Price Sharing Database

15 October 2021

After three years in the making, last week the Commonwealth Secretariat launched its new Voluntary Information and Price-Sharing database (VIPSD). One-third of the world’s population lacks access to essential medicines, with most of them living in poor countries, while rising prices of new drugs are becoming a challenge in wealthy states. And, since the global Covid-19 pandemic, the urgent need for essential medicines has intensified.

Emerging Commonwealth scientists win big in ocean innovation contest Hack the planet finalists

14 October 2021

British creators of Plastic-i – a powerful tool for mapping ocean plastics with earth-observing satellites – have won the first-ever Hack The Planet Competition 2021.

Blog: How to engage young people to protect their ocean

14 October 2021

In the third blog in a series of interviews with young climate leaders, we meet Mogesh Sababathy, a marine activist from Malaysia. He is also an example of how young people across the world can work with education institutions, businesses and governments to amplify their voices on environmental issues that affect all of us.

Blog: Meet the young climate official championing Fiji’s oceans fiji

13 October 2021

As part of our youth climate blog series ahead of COP26, meet Kushaal Raj, Acting Manager for Climate Change and the Ocean Specialist for the Ministry of Economy, Government of Fiji, where he develops ocean policy and provides technical expertise for international negotiations on ocean-related climate challenges.

Finance Ministers call for change to development finance architecture to fight climate crisis and address debt vulnerabilities

13 October 2021

Today at their annual meeting, Commonwealth Finance Ministers were urged to take action to change the current development finance architecture, enhance access to finance for countries vulnerable to climate change and address debt sustainability.

Inaction at COP26 will cost lives and livelihoods  Gladys Habu on a beach

12 October 2021

The following blog is based on a speech the author presented to the UK-Pacific High Level Dialogue on Climate Change in July 2021, which has been adapted and updated for this website.

Commonwealth Small States Prioritise Financial Inclusion and Lead the World on Central Bank Digital Currencies

11 October 2021

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.

Hack the Planet Competition 2021 finalists offer innovative climate and ocean solutions hack the planet

7 October 2021

After an unprecedented pan-Commonwealth search for innovative satellite-driven solutions to tackle the challenges of the climate emergency and ocean sustainability, the Satellite Applications Catapult and the Commonwealth Secretariat are delighted to announce the inaugural finalists of the Hack the Planet competition 2021.