"Be the change we wish to see" The Commonwealth and United Nations Population Fund celebrate Mandela Day Picture of Patricia Scotland and Dr Natalia Kanem

15 July 2021

As we prepare to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day - a day to honour the legacy of the much-loved icon - the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC Secretary-General of the Commonwealth invited UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem, to discuss the values of championing social justice, volunteering and community service. 

Zambia election ‘Peace Pledge’ raises bar for other Commonwealth countries holding elections, says Secretary-General Flag of Zambia

14 July 2021

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has commended the signing of an official peace pact in Lusaka, ahead of the 12th August polls.

US$345 billion loss in trade for Commonwealth countries due to pandemic Commonwealth Trade Review

13 July 2021

Commonwealth countries are estimated to have lost up to US$345 billion worth of trade in 2020, including $60 billion in intra-Commonwealth trade, according to 2021 Commonwealth Trade Review on “Energising Commonwealth Trade in a Digital World: Paths to Recovery Post-COVID”.

Commonwealth Urges Respect for the Rule of Law in Samoa Commonwealth Secretariat Logo

9 July 2021

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has called on political leaders in Samoa to uphold the rule of law and adhere to the values and principles set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

Zambia’s political leaders urged to commit to peaceful elections Zambia Parliament building

6 July 2021

The Coalition for Peaceful Elections in Zambia has launched an initiative encouraging political party leaders and candidates in the upcoming elections to commit to peaceful elections by signing a peace pledge and making a joint public commitment reaffirming non-violence and a credible electoral process.

The Commonwealth calls for calm and restraint in Eswatini Commonwealth Secretariat logo

3 July 2021

The Commonwealth has been following the situation in Eswatini very closely, and is concerned about the regrettable violence that has led to loss of life and the destruction of property. 

Commonwealth joins effort to involve more women in politics Speakers on the webinar

2 July 2021

The Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have given their backing to an initiative to get women more involved in politics and parliamentary leadership.

Belize explores debt-for-climate swaps with Commonwealth support house near the water with boats in Belize

2 July 2021

The Government of Belize is focusing on debt-for-climate swaps to tackle the dual threat of mounting public debt and climate change impacts in the country, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Commonwealth announces new prize at Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Nelson Mandela

1 July 2021

Today, Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC announced the ‘Christof Heyns Memorial Commonwealth Prize’ during the 13th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

Commonwealth Proposes First Global Tourism Action Plan to Spur Post-Covid Recovery Picture of Saint Lucia

1 July 2021

The Commonwealth Secretariat proposed the development of a global ‘Tourism Action Plan’ to help spur a much-needed recovery.