Tonga secures nearly $500k grant to improve solar electricity generation Solar farm in Tonga

10 January 2020

The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub has successfully helped Tonga to secure a grant from the Green Climate Fund to reform the country’s solar electricity body.

Extreme Events Are Reversing Development Goals Bushfire in Australia

8 January 2020

Cyclones in the Caribbean and Pacific, devastating bushfires in Australia, recurrent floods and droughts in Asia and Africa, increasingly bring tragic loss of life to our nations and communities, causing irreparable damage to centuries old ways of life.

Being Bengali: Beyond Language and Culture Participants at the Amader Porichoy (Our Identity) project film screening

7 January 2020

The Commonwealth is participating in the second phase of a project to explore the meaning of identity for young Bangladeshis. The Amader Porichoy (Our Identity) project - a partnership with Moringa Entertainment Limited - was launched in 2019, with the screening of the film Shongram (Struggle) set during the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Blog: Kenya’s first ever national strategy to combat illicit trade boosts the country’s Big 4 Agenda

31 December 2019

Philda Maiga was deployed as a national trade adviser to Kenya from 2014 until 2019 under the Hub and Spokes Programme. Providing technical support to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, she shares insights from her experience in supporting the development of Kenya’s first ever national strategy to combat illicit trade.

Young people: We are unheard in global fight against extremism

18 December 2019

Young people have said their efforts to stem extremism and build peace remain largely overlooked at the national and global levels.

More ambition needed to avert climate crisis Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at COP25 in Madrid, Spain

18 December 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has called for raised ambitions and intensified climate action in light of sobering reports by the world’s top climate scientists.

Young CEO empowers women, youth in climate fight Angelique Pouponneau, CEO of Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust

16 December 2019

One of Seychelles’ youngest executives is calling for countries to put more trust in young people as leaders on climate change issues.

Commonwealth and United Nations sign new agreement Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed signing MOU

13 December 2019

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed have formally committed their organisations to work more closely together.

Papua New Guinea: Referendum on the political future of Bougainville was credible, transparent and inclusive – Commonwealth Observer Group  Observing the vote at a poll station in Bougainville

13 December 2019

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Bougainville Referendum, Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati, has issued a Preliminary Statement concluding that the referendum process was credible, transparent and inclusive.

Blue Charter ramps up momentum with new action group at COP25 President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland

12 December 2019

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has stepped forward to lead an action group on sustainable coastal fisheries, as part of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. The action group will rally countries together to share knowledge and best practices, align actions on sustainable fisheries and mobilise funding to support their joint initiatives.