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Commonwealth Junior Election Professionals initiative launched in India Image of participants of the Junior Election Professionals initiative in India

21 October 2013

Participants will examine how technology can contribute to more inclusive, transparent and credible elections across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Statement on Maldives

19 October 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said today that he is extremely concerned by the further stalling of the democratic process in Maldives, following the stopping this morning of the scheduled 19 October presidential election.

The Commonwealth Observer Group makes reference to statements made during the Maldives Police Service’s press conference this morning Image of maldives flag

19 October 2013

The Observer Group wishes to clarify that at no stage did the Commonwealth Observer Group or any of its members give advice to the Maldives Police Service regarding its decision to take action to prevent the 19 October Presidential election from taking place.

Mauritius and Seychelles secure and manage joint seabed rights through continental shelf submission Image of scuba divers and fish

A number of small-island and developing member countries face serious obstacles to managing and securing the benefits that may be associated with the management of ocean space, including the development of potentially lucrative marine resources.

Commonwealth assists seven Pacific countries to settle maritime boundaries Image of beach

The Pacific islands region has approximately 48 shared boundaries where maritime entitlements overlap as a matter of international law.

Commonwealth observers return to Maldives for 19 October election

17 October 2013

As part of the Commonwealth’s continuing observation of the Maldives presidential electoral process, a Commonwealth Observer Group is in the country for the 19 October election.

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.