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ICT, innovation at the core of Commonwealth reform agenda Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the open day on innovation and information and communication technology

31 July 2019

The Commonwealth is embracing a digital transformation in its work practices, which was showcased this week at the organisation’s first ever open day on innovation and information and communication technology (ICT).

Commonwealth enters into agreement with Club de Madrid on promoting peace and good governance Voters casting their ballot during the 2019 Nigeria Elections

30 July 2019

The Commonwealth Secretariat and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) have entered into an agreement that commits the two organisations to work in closer partnership to promote peace and good governance in the countries they serve.

Commonwealth urges international organisations to integrate efforts at UN forum Travis Mitchell speaking at a United Nations forum

30 July 2019

International organisations must partner-up to avoid duplication and integrate efforts that assist member countries, says the Commonwealth’s head of economic policy and small states.

Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission A gavel in court

29 July 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of the new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and commends all involved parties who enabled agreement to be reached on this issue.

Balance programming and policy reform to maximise sports contribution to SDGs Delegates sitting at a long table during a meeting

25 July 2019

An enhanced focus on policy reform and scaling access to sport for development programmes will maximise the sport’s contribution to the sustainable development goals.

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.

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