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Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight Mountain Gorilla eating grass

9 September 2019

The Secretary-General was granted the honour of naming a baby gorilla during a Rwandan ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people. Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy Delegate at Women Affairs Ministers Meeting

9 September 2019

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030.

Robert Mugabe: 1924 - 2019 Robert Mugabe at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1991

6 September 2019

Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, whose death has been announced, was among the last of the generation of African leaders who led their countries to independence. He also played a prominent part as a Commonwealth leader until the circumstances leading to the withdrawal of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth in 2003.

Sport has ‘unparalleled potential’ to boost equality and peace Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking at Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda

6 September 2019

The Secretary-General has outlined how sport can be harnessed to boost international development by “changing perceptions and altering attitudes”.

Asia region focuses on improving prospects for young people Policy makers in Brunei-Darussalam discussing youth empowerment

5 September 2019

A meeting of policy makers in Brunei-Darussalam has the potential to amplify the voices of millions of young people from across the Commonwealth.

Canada gives $2.7 million boost for Commonwealth Blue Charter Scientists conducting ocean observation

5 September 2019

New funding from the Government of Canada will help protect marine health and promote good ocean governance, aligned with the Commonwealth Blue Charter’s action group on ocean observation.

Secretary-General expresses concern for The Bahamas in the wake of “catastrophic” Hurricane Dorian Satellite image of Hurricane Dorian hitting The Bahamas

2 September 2019

With Hurricane Dorian having swept through The Bahamas with unprecedented intensity and force, causing extensive damage to infrastructure, and having reportedly claimed at least one life to date, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has on behalf of the wider Commonwealth family expressed deep concern to the government and people of The Bahamas.

African members set for switch to state-of-the-art debt management system Delegates at a Commonwealth Debt Management training in Eswatini

30 August 2019

Finance ministries and central banks from eastern and southern Africa have been given expert training to prepare them for switching to the Commonwealth’s new state-of-the-art public debt management system.

Week-long event sees officials work to boost Commonwealth trade and investment A delegate from Bangladesh speaking at the Commonwealth Cluster meeting

29 August 2019

Officials from across the Commonwealth have gathered to discuss how they can boost trade and investment links across the 53 member countries.

Secretary-General launches Commonwealth Youth Work Week in Brunei Darussalam Commonwealth Secretary-General in Brunei Darussalam announcing Commonwealth Youth Work Week

29 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has appealed to governments of member states to continue their support for youth workers and invest in education and training.