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.

Blog: Commonwealth anti-corruption initiative pushes progress on SDGs Scales of Justice and coins

10 December 2019

Tackling corruption has to be a priority of the highest order if we are earnest about achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day - a day set aside to raise public awareness of anti-corruption actions - the International Monetary Fund estimates bribery costs the global economy roughly 1.5 to 2 trillion dollars a year.

Major Commonwealth study on international commercial arbitration offers trade-boosting solutions Panel member speaking at British Institute of International and Comparative Law

10 December 2019

Implementation of international commercial arbitration mechanisms could significantly strengthen and increase trade in the Commonwealth.

Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’ Chair on the Commonwealth Observer Group observing the elections

7 December 2019

An independent Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed in Dominica, has delivered its interim statement on the 2019 Dominica General Elections, stating the election results ‘reflect the collective will of the people who voted.’ 

Caribbean disability conference: ‘we are an opportunity, not a burden’ Woman in wheelchair celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

6 December 2019

At a conference in Antigua this week, disability rights’ advocates said that they don’t want special favours. Instead, they are calling for their basic human rights to be respected, protected and fulfilled. The second ‘I Am Able’ conference brought together more than 120 delegates from governments, charities, donor agencies and disabled people’s organisations from the eastern Caribbean.

‘Work with us,’ young leaders urge leaders following London meeting Youth participants at Commonwealth Futures meeting

5 December 2019

Young people have asked Commonwealth leaders to work with them in developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Dominica: Observer Group Chairperson Zainab Bangura calls for peaceful elections Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Zainab Bangura, speaking to stakeholders

5 December 2019

As Election Day approaches in Dominica, the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), is encouraging ‘peaceful elections.’

Question of Identity? Bangladesh approaches 50 years of independence Delegates at the event

2 December 2019

The Commonwealth’s Countering Violent Extremism Unit has launched a project to explore what it means to be a young Bangladeshi, as the country approaches 50 years of independence. 

Commonwealth to observe General Elections in Dominica Commonwealth Observer Group on the ground in Dominica

1 December 2019

A Commonwealth Observation Group (COG) has arrived in Dominica to observe the upcoming elections. The COG arrived in the country on 27 November following an invitation from Dominica Prime Minister Hon Roosevelt Skerrit to observe general elections scheduled for Friday 6 December.