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Statement from the Commonwealth Secretary-General on Guyana Flag of Guyana

23 September 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, urges the President of Guyana and all relevant stakeholders and institutions to restore constitutional rule in Guyana by immediately setting an early election date in consonance with its constitution, enabling elections to be held without further delay.

All-female panel opens meeting of women’s affairs ministers in Kenya Delegates at the Commonwealth Women's Affair's Ministers Meeting

20 September 2019

An all-female panel opened the 12th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM) in Nairobi, 34 years after the first such event featured an all-male panel. WAMM has been held every three years since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to explore and agree on workable strategies and solutions to tackle gender disparities.

New book will help East African judges handle cases of violence against women The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth with delegates holding case law handbook

20 September 2019

A Commonwealth handbook launched today will help East African judicial officers proactively handle cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which affects up to one in three women in their lifetime.

Major step forward for Commonwealth’s work on cyber laws Delegates at the expert working group on electronic evidence

20 September 2019

An expert working group discussing the future role of electronic evidence in prosecutions has held its first meeting.

Blog: Gender equality has never been so close but still far from being a reality Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Women's Affairs Meeting

19 September 2019

This month the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting will assemble in Nairobi, Kenya. It has taken place regularly since 1985, to take stock of the current status of gender equality in our member countries, and to share perspectives and experience of how progress on this important Commonwealth priority can be achieved more swiftly.

Commonwealth helps developing countries bank millions for climate action Flooding in Cape Peninsula

19 September 2019

A Commonwealth facility designed to assist smaller and more vulnerable countries tackle the damaging effects of climate change has helped them access USD 27 million of funding.

National e-commerce strategy launched in Cameroon Man swiping credit card symbolising e commerce

19 September 2019

A national e-commerce strategy launched this week in Yaoundé aims to help Cameroonians take advantage of opportunities offered by the digital revolution.

'Enshrine equal rights for women in law’ senior judges tell leaders Delegates on a panel at the Commonwealth Women's Affairs Meeting

19 September 2019

Senior judges and officials have urged leaders to work with judiciary and the civil society to remove discriminatory gender laws and introduce equal rights in the legal system. 

Leaders demand urgent climate action in Dorian’s wake Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley speaking at an UNCTAD event

16 September 2019

In the lead up to next week’s global climate summit in New York and barely two weeks after Hurricane Dorian battered The Bahamas, the Commonwealth’s top official is calling for urgent action to tackle climate change and its disastrous impacts.

‘Unite to change the world’ Secretary-General tells young diplomats Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking with young diplomats

13 September 2019

The Secretary-General has urged young diplomats posted to London from across the world to pool their talent, knowledge and dynamism to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

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