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Climate change activist wins pan-Commonwealth Youth Award

16 October 2013

Regional and pan-Commonwealth winners receive £14,000 grant between them

World Bank President welcomes Commonwealth initiative on small states debt Image of World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim (left) and Minister of Finance of Samoa Faumuina Luiga

15 October 2013

The Commonwealth proposal includes the need for integration of resilience building of small states, provision of grace periods for debt repayment during times of natural disasters or other external shocks and provision of countercyclical loans.

Commonwealth, World Bank, launch book on tourism Image of (from left to right): Dr Mark Hampton; St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas; and Dr Denny Lewis-Bynoe, Economic Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat

15 October 2013

A publication that explores how tourism can facilitate growth, create jobs and improve livelihoods in small island developing states was launched in Washington DC on 12 October 2013.

Commonwealth and South Africa enter landmark pact on debt management

10 October 2013

The Commonwealth Secretariat and South Africa's National Treasury on 9 October 2013 signed a memorandum of understanding to boost the debt management capacity of member states.

Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Maldives

10 October 2013

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Maldives, Sir Donald McKinnon, has noted the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to annul the first round of the Maldives Presidential election.

HM The Queen launches Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton on its global journey

9 October 2013

HM the Queen launched the Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace today at a simple but hugely well-attended ceremony which attracted crowds of supporter as well as some of Scotland's greatest athletes, young people from across the Commonwealth and senior representatives from across the Commonwealth.

Spokesperson’s Statement on Canada’s attendance of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image of the Canadian flag

8 October 2013

The Commonwealth Secretariat has been notified of the Canadian Prime Minister’s decision not to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka next month.

Commonwealth advocacy mission meets IMF, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank chiefs Image of IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and Mission leader Dr Denzil Douglas and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

8 October 2013

A high-level group of Commonwealth finance ministers met heads of leading international financial institutions in Washington DC on 7 October and made a case for the urgent need to address the debt and financing challenges of small states.

Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on The Gambia

4 October 2013

I have this evening received with regret the advice that an Executive decision has been taken by the Government of the Republic of The Gambia to withdraw from the Commonwealth with effect from 3 October 2013.

Commonwealth sends small states’ advocacy mission to IMF and World Bank

4 October 2013

The high-level group of Commonwealth ministers will meet heads of leading international financial institutions to make a case for the urgent need to address the debt and financing challenges of small states.

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