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Commonwealth pushes for stronger partnerships to strengthen rights of young people with disabilities Group of Commonwealth Youth with Disabilities meeting at Marlborough House

12 August 2019

The Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network has convened its first strategic meeting in London, following its official launch during Commonwealth Week earlier this year.

Commonwealth Secretary-General: Urgent multilateral climate action needed for security and wellbeing of Pacific islanders Children in Papua New Guinea on the water in boats

12 August 2019

The Pacific is the Commonwealth region most vulnerable to climate change. It faces intense variations in temperatures, extreme storms, rising sea levels, and is also highly vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Blog: Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa – and what the Commonwealth is doing about it Displaced people in aftermath of Cyclone Idai

12 August 2019

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps.

Blog: We are supporting Governments in tackling the devastating impacts of climate change Commonwealth Secretary-General surveys hurricane damage in Dominica

8 August 2019

By taking coordinated collective action, the nations of the Commonwealth can accelerate the mobilisation of international efforts that are the only hope if we are to prevent further detrimental human impact on the delicate natural balance of our planet.

Welcoming peace in Mozambique Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland meeting President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusiique in 2017

7 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the signing of a peace and reconciliation agreement between the governing party Frelimo and the opposition Renamo on 6 August 2019.

Joint Special Mission to Dominica Flag of Dominica

5 August 2019

Following a request made by the Government of Dominica jointly to the CARICOM Secretariat (CARICOM), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), to assist in the country’s efforts with various aspects of electoral reform, the three organisations have agreed to partner in a Joint Special Mission to Dominica.

Secretary-General urges action on oceans at Malta meeting Commonwealth Secretary General speaking at oceans meeting in Malta

5 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has emphasised the "immense urgency" of taking action to protect the world's oceans. Patricia Scotland joined representatives from the Commonwealth, United Nations, governments and other international organisations at the first meeting of Oceans Ambassadors, hosted by the Government of Malta.

Commonwealth will support East African Community to stimulate regional trade Petrol tankers in Kenya

2 August 2019

The Commonwealth will assist the East African Community (EAC) in implementing the authorised economic operator programme, which will offer easier customs clearance for exporters in the region.

Youth-led taskforce sets scene for Youth Forum 2020 The Commonwealth Youth Task Force meeting for the Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda 2020

2 August 2019

A youth-led taskforce has met in Kigali to lay the foundations of the 12th Commonwealth Youth Forum which takes place in Rwanda next year in the margins of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Strengthening election cybersecurity in the Commonwealth Attendees at the expert review meeting on election cyber security in the Commonwealth

31 July 2019

A project to enhance Commonwealth countries’ capacity in election cybersecurity is underway. A Commonwealth Guide on Election Cybersecurity is being developed to support Election Management Bodies (EMBs) to manage risks associated with the use of technologies in elections.

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