New Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development) appointed

24 December 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has appointed Mr Deodat Maharaj, from Trinidad and Tobago, to the post of Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development) at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Commonwealth in 2013 Image of dancers at the Commonwealth Youth Forum opening ceremony in November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

20 December 2013

Celebrating the year in pictures

Commonwealth Youth Council launches website Image of the Commonwealth Youth Council website

12 December 2013

The digital face of the Commonwealth Youth Council was launched yesterday at

Commonwealth Secretary-General joins international figures to honour memory of Nelson Mandela at memorial service Image of Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and South Africa President Jacob Zuma

12 December 2013

The world joins South Africa from near and far to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela.

Bangladesh: sentencing by the International Crimes Tribunal

10 December 2013

On International Human Rights Day, the Secretary-General today urges careful and full consideration of all national constitutional provisions and due legal process in relation to the conviction and sentencing to death of any Commonwealth citizen.

Tributes to Nelson Mandela Image of Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013

By Chair in Office President Mahinda Rajapaksa; former Commonwealth Secretaries-General Sir Shridath Ramphal, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Sir Donald McKinnon; and Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba

Commonwealth Day Observance 2014: registration for UK schools and youth groups ends Friday Image of dancers at the Commonwealth Day Observance 2013 in Westminster Abbey, London.

4 December 2013

Register by 17 January to be in with a chance to attend the biggest multi-faith celebration in the United Kingdom.

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 Image of Form 4 English students at King George VI School, Honiara, Solomon Islands. Copyright: Commonwealth Secretariat. Credit: Tom Perry.

28 November 2013

Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition.

Commonwealth Expert Group calls for transparency in climate finance Image of climate finance report cover graphic

22 November 2013

A Commonwealth expert group convened to explore practical actions to help unlock resources for small and vulnerable Commonwealth countries combat climate change impacts has called for transparency and accountability in the processes and procedures of accessing climate funds.

Ninth Commonwealth Youth Forum: Declaration by the young people of the Commonwealth Image of Commonwealth Youth Council Executives

16 November 2013

Hambantota, Sri Lanka 10 – 14 November 2013