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‘Reform and uphold media freedom by law’ officials tell leaders Panel of delegates at media freedom event

26 September 2019

Commonwealth countries have been told to reform laws restricting press freedom and to encourage media to work freely on all issues of public importance.

Boris Johnson says Commonwealth represents ‘very best of humanity’ The President of Rwanda, United Kingdom's Prime Minister and Commonwealth Secretary-General

26 September 2019

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister has described the Commonwealth as an “extraordinary institution” which tackles many of the world’s biggest problems.

Ministers commit to join forces in climate change fight Delegates at the Commonwealth Climate Change meeting during the United Nations General Assembly

25 September 2019

Environment ministers from across the Commonwealth have jointly committed to work together to tackle the devastating impacts of climate change, build resilience and collaborate on ocean action.

Commonwealth heads of government to meet in Rwanda CHOGM logo 2020

24 September 2019

The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has been officially launched in a video message from the President of Rwanda and the Commonwealth Secretary-General. The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT and Innovation, Youth, the Environment, and Trade.

Event: Open Ended Working Group Meeting on Model Indicators on Sport and the SDGs Women speaker making a point in the meeting

20 November 2019

The 2nd Open Ended Working Group Meeting on Model Indicators on Sport and the SDGs will be held at International Labour Organisation (ILO) headquarters in Geneva on November 20th 2019.

Study shows encouraging progress in Commonwealth towards gender equality Delegates at the Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers Meeting in Kenya

23 September 2019

A new Commonwealth paper finds “impressive improvements” in women’s access to maternal health, enrolment in primary school and participation in the workforce. The technical paper was released at the 12th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Statement from the Commonwealth Secretary-General on Guyana Flag of Guyana

23 September 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, urges the President of Guyana and all relevant stakeholders and institutions to restore constitutional rule in Guyana by immediately setting an early election date in consonance with its constitution, enabling elections to be held without further delay.

All-female panel opens meeting of women’s affairs ministers in Kenya Delegates at the Commonwealth Women's Affair's Ministers Meeting

20 September 2019

An all-female panel opened the 12th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM) in Nairobi, 34 years after the first such event featured an all-male panel. WAMM has been held every three years since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to explore and agree on workable strategies and solutions to tackle gender disparities.

New book will help East African judges handle cases of violence against women The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth with delegates holding case law handbook

20 September 2019

A Commonwealth handbook launched today will help East African judicial officers proactively handle cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which affects up to one in three women in their lifetime.

Blog: Kenya’s milestones in accelerating gender equality and women's empowerment  Margaret Kobia Cabinet Secretary for Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs, Kenya

20 September 2019

This week Kenya is hosting the 12th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (12WAMM), an initiative of the Commonwealth member countries which brings together ministers, senior officials, civil society organisations, academia and development partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Commonwealth.