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Ten awarded Blue Charter fellowships to fight plastic pollution Scientist in a lab coat standing in a laboratory next to set of scales

24 July 2019

Ten emerging scientists have been awarded fellowships at top Commonwealth universities to explore innovative ways to tackle plastic litter in the ocean

‘Accelerating gender equality’ will top agenda for Commonwealth ministerial meeting Delegate speaking today at the briefing session

22 July 2019

Accelerating gender equality for sustainable development will top the agenda when 53 ministers for gender and women’s affairs meet in Kenya for the 12th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (12WAMM) on 19-20 September in Nairobi.

Commonwealth countries urged to lead on the protection of cultural heritage Participants at the event

17 July 2019

Commonwealth countries have been encouraged to ratify and implement the 1954 Hague Convention, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict. Of 53 Commonwealth member countries, 20 have ratified the Convention, which commits countries to take measures to safeguard immovable and movable cultural property - such as buildings, monuments, artefacts and artwork - when conflict strikes.

High level officials complete inaugural executive course on youth policy Group shot with youth ministers

17 July 2019

A post-graduate executive course in strategic leadership and management has been successfully completed by ministers and senior policy-makers in the youth sector.

Commonwealth releases final report on Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections The former Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, with other Commonwealth Observers

17 July 2019

The Commonwealth observer group deployed to observe Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections has released its final report today. These were the first elections that a Commonwealth group observed since Maldives withdrew its membership in 2016.

Ask the Expert: The road to clean energy - a look at how Commonwealth countries are making the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy Wind turbines in the desert

16 July 2019

The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features some of the leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat. In this edition, Alache Fisho, Legal Adviser at the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate, looks at how Commonwealth countries are making the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Blue Charter group gears up to protect and restore ‘priceless’ coral reefs Coral reefs Action Group participants

14 July 2019

Commonwealth countries devoted to saving the world’s coral reefs met in Townsville, Australia this week to outline immediate and long-term actions they can take to ensure the health of coral reef ecosystems.

Breaking barriers to girls’ education crucial to sustainable development Panellists on the Commonwealth Human Rights Unit panel discussion on girls education

12 July 2019

Inequality, child marriage and social and cultural norms are just some of the barriers that girls face in their pursuit of education.

The Duke of Sussex promotes youth agenda at Commonwealth policy roundtable The Duke of Sussex, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and youth development ministers and senior officials in Commonwealth countries

11 July 2019

The Duke of Sussex, who was last year appointed to be Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, today joined a policy dialogue at Commonwealth headquarters, focused on the implementation of youth policy in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth prepares Tongan civil servants to prevent workplace harassment A workshop trainer getting a point across

11 July 2019

A Commonwealth workshop has trained a group of Tongan civil servants on gender and development, and introduced the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The Commonwealth hosted the two-day workshop in Nuku’alofa in collaboration with Tonga’s Public Service Commission, in line with the government’s 2019 national policy on gender and development.