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3rd Open-Ended Working Group Meeting: Model Indicators on Sport and SDGs Sport for development and peace

11 December 2020

The 3rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Model Indicators on Sport and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held as a virtual forum on 2-3 December 2020. The meeting was delivered by the Commonwealth Secretariat, working with UNESCO and UNDESA as meeting hosts.

‘Happy to be back in the Commonwealth,’ Gambian President tells Secretary-General The Gambia President Barrow with Patricia Scotland Secretary General of The Commonwealth

10 December 2020

Gambian President Adama Barrow has told the Commonwealth Secretary-General that his country is “happy to be back” in the family. The Secretary-General is in The Gambia for her first official visit since the country re-joined the Commonwealth in 2018 - almost five years after leaving the association. She commented: “President Barrow’s words are a testimony to the longstanding partnership between The Gambia and the Commonwealth."

Opinion: Commonwealth Secretary-General says Covid-19 threatens girls’ access to education Students in Solomon Islands

10 December 2020

To mark Human Rights Day, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland writes about the need for legislation and policies to ensure that wherever possible girls remain in school. Girls generally experience more barriers to education than their male counterparts, and this has been exacerbated yet further by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog: Samoa’s response to violence against women and girls can guide other countries Samoa

10 December 2020

Violence against women and girls is pervasive. The Pacific is not immune, with prevalence rates of violence against women and girls in most of the region’s countries much higher than the global average of 35 per cent.

Commonwealth observers urge ‘patience’ as Ghana awaits final results Commonwealth Observer Group Chair giving statement in Ghana

9 December 2020

The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) which has been on location in Ghana observing the recent elections has today issued an interim statement calling for peace as they await full results.

Panel calls for an end to cyber-bullying Cyber bullying webinar

9 December 2020

The Commonwealth Secretary-General led a panel of government, civil society and tech industry representatives in condemning the “silent pandemic” of online abuse directed at women.

Blog: How young people are leading the march towards peace and security Cameroonian named as Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2016

9 December 2020

From Fiango Kumba in the South West region of Cameroon to Mumius Kakamega county in Western Kenya, two different but interwoven stories emerge of young people committed to ensuring peace in their communities and beyond.

De-mystifying the effects of COVID-19 on remittances money coins

8 December 2020

Annual transfers of money by foreign migrant workers to their home countries play a huge role in many countries. These remittances provide income support for family members back home and, in some cases, provide funding for start-ups. Remittances are also a source of foreign exchange reserves for developing countries and they help contain trade balances and widen the revenue base through increased consumption

Blog: How sport can fight gender-based violence Sport for development and peace

8 December 2020

The Commonwealth advocates sport as a vehicle for development and peacebuilding. Given its popularity and unequivocal prominence in the rich tapestry of the Commonwealth’s heritage, sport has huge potential to drive social change – and accelerate gender equality – across member states.

Blog: Engaging men and boys to end gender-based violence Trinidad

7 December 2020

Gender-based violence is prevalent throughout the Commonwealth. It impacts the social, economic and psychological wellbeing of individuals and communities. Violence against women and girls in particular is usually underreported.