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Maldives requests Commonwealth membership Flag of Maldives

19 December 2018

The Republic of Maldives has applied to re-join the Commonwealth. The country’s President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, made the request in a letter to Secretary-General Patricia Scotland earlier this month.

Ocean focus expected in next round of climate talks Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna

19 December 2018

With global climate talks freshly concluded last weekend in Katowice, Poland, some Commonwealth countries are already working towards a stronger ocean focus at next year’s negotiations in Chile.

Tuvalu Prime Minister calls for Commonwealth strategic support on climate Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga

14 December 2018

During the last leg of negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) this week in Poland, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu – an island nation of about 11,000 people located in the South Pacific acutely threatened by climate change – has called on the Commonwealth to leverage its 53-strong membership for climate action.

Climate change efforts are ‘race against time’ – Secretary General Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

13 December 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is backing redoubled efforts by the Commonwealth family of 53 countries to fight climate change, in light of a sobering report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calling for “rapid and far-reaching” actions to keep global warming below 1.5°C.

Ask the Expert: COP24 and Climate Finance in the Commonwealth Bilal Anwar, General Manager of the Climate Finance Access Hub shares his insights into the benefits of the Hub

13 December 2018

What is the Climate Finance Access Hub (CFAH) and how does it help Commonwealth countries achieve their climate ambitions? The CFAH is the initiative by the Commonwealth to support the climatically-vulnerable countries of the Commonwealth in building their technical capacities and improving the flow of finance for projects to address climate change.

South-South consultation forges a path to peace and development Southern Solidarity for Sustainable Peace and Development in Small States meeting

12 December 2018

Representatives of Commonwealth small states have identified key issues such as climate change, high crime rates, gun violence and the illicit drug trade that should be tackled through a South-South initiative to support sustainable peace and development.

More work needed to turn climate billions into action: Secretary-General

11 December 2018

While billions of pounds have been pledged to tackle climate change, much more is required to turn the tide on global warming.

Human Rights Day: parliaments essential for realising rights

10 December 2018

Today we celebrate and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Commonwealth ocean action gains traction at COP24

9 December 2018

“Real experiences” are what drove some Commonwealth countries to take up the banner for the ocean, stepping forward to champion action groups of like-minded members working together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing ocean problems.

Secretary-General announces new strategy to promote partnerships among accredited organisations

7 December 2018

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has announced a new approach to boosting collaboration between the 87 accredited Commonwealth organisations, in order to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.