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Secretary-General congratulates Belize on successful referendum Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

15 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has congratulated the people of Belize on a successful referendum. They voted to refer to the International Court of Justice any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land, insular territories and any maritime areas.

Ministers rally behind universal health coverage Two healthcare professionals bandaging a boy's leg

14 May 2019

Commonwealth ministers of health will meet this Sunday, 19 May in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss how to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC) in their countries, in order to safeguard vulnerable populations.

Event: Commonwealth Blue Charter - All Champions Meeting

18 June 2019 to 21 June 2019

This event will reflect on the work carried out by Blue Charter Action Groups over the past year within the context of wider ocean issues.

Event: Commonwealth Trade Consultation for Asia-Pacific Region

28 May 2019 to 30 May 2019

The Commonwealth will be holding a regional consultation on ‘Harnessing Trade Policy for Global Integration’ for the Asia-Pacific region on 28-30 May in Singapore. It will be the first such consultation to bring together member countries from two Commonwealth regions – Asia and the Pacific.

Observer group describes Belize vote as ‘credible, transparent and inclusive’ Commonwealth Observer Group Chair, former Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham

11 May 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed to observe a referendum in Belize has described the vote as “credible, transparent and inclusive”.

Event: Natural Resource Sovereign Wealth Fund Workshop

24 June 2019 to 25 June 2019

The Commonwealth will host a workshop in London on 24-25 June on natural resource sovereign wealth funds (NRSWF).

Event: First regulatory connectivity cluster meeting of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda

15 May 2019 to 16 May 2019

Members of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda’s (CCA) working group on regulatory connectivity will hold their first meeting on 15-16 May at The Grosvenor Hotel in London.

Public debate on Climate Change and Small States: A race against time?

9 May 2019

In commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence in Malta has organised a debate titled: Effects of Climate Change on Small States: Race against time?

Commonwealth helps Botswana launch export strategy Workers unloading sacks from a ship

8 May 2019

Botswana has launched its new five-year export strategy targeted at dynamic and sustainable economic growth, with the help of the Commonwealth.

Solutions welcomed to measure Commonwealth impact on SDGs Miguel Jimenez Pont, Vice Chair of the UN Evaluations Group

8 May 2019

Commonwealth Evaluation and Learning Week was held last week at the Secretariat’s headquarters in London where Secretary-General Patricia Scotland welcomed new recommendations to enhance the impact of the Commonwealth’s work towards sustainable development