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Commonwealth observers in Ghana issue interim statement on 2016 general elections

Release date 9 December 2016

As the people of Ghana await the final outcome of the elections, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Thabo Mbeki, commended the country for its role in ensuring the success of the electoral process so far.

Secretary-General commits Commonwealth ‘to eliminate the scourge of corruption’ at Transparency International lecture

Release date 8 December 2016

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has told an audience at the Transparency International-UK Anti-Corruption Lecture 2016 in London that corruption ‘is a scourge which holds in thrall millions of our Commonwealth sisters and brothers, condemning them to servitude, poverty, disease, indignity and misery’.

New universal global guidelines for anti-corruption law

Release date 8 December 2016

The Commonwealth Secretariat, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have just published a new book which brings together guidance on how to tackle corruption.

Commonwealth report urges action to protect agriculture in small states

Release date 7 December 2016

Rising temperatures will have severe implications for crops, water and livestock in African small states if urgent measures aren’t taken, a new report has found.

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off ‘time bomb’ of government liabilities

Release date 5 December 2016

Commonwealth report warns that governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies.

Commonwealth commits action to end violence against women

Release date 24 November 2016

The Commonwealth will chart a course to decrease violence against women - one of the biggest problems facing humanity - Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will tell experts tomorrow.

Ghanaian elections conduct must be ‘beyond reproach’ says Commonwealth

Release date 24 November 2016

The Commonwealth has urged political party leaders in Ghana to adhere to the country’s long tradition of delivering peaceful and credible elections, ahead of the presidential and parliamentary polls due on 7 December.

Resource-strapped countries need climate finance support

Release date 16 November 2016

The Secretary-General will speak at the high level segment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference, COP22, on 17 November.

Small states struggling to tackle illegal trade of arms

Release date 10 November 2016

Small Commonwealth states have asked the Secretariat to help them tackle the illegal arms trade and implement the Arms Trade Treaty in a more effective way.

Social enterprise founder is named Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2016

Release date 10 November 2016

Robin Lockhart, the founder of a social enterprise which supports at-risk teenagers and young adults through music and sport, has been named Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year.