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Poor countries could face grave death toll from lack of access to Covid vaccines Secretary-General speaking virtually at Human Rights Council

23 February 2021

Poorer countries will most likely “bear the brunt of hundreds of thousands of needless deaths” from inequalities in access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Law Ministers call for international co-operation on COVID-19 vaccines Law ministers meeting

19 February 2021

Commonwealth Law Ministers have called for increased international co-operation to enable equal access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Event: 8th Annual World Ocean Summit World Oceans Day Summit Graphic

1 March 2021 to 5 March 2021

In its eighth year, The Economist’s World Ocean Summit 2021 is going virtual for the first time and for this year only, the event is free-to-attend.

Event: International Women’s Day 2021 – women’s leadership in building back better after COVID-19 Group of people smiling in the Caribbean

8 March 2021

On International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Secretariat will host a virtual event to put a spotlight on women’s leadership in responding to COVID-19 and charting an equitable recovery.

Commonwealth Secretary-General congratulates new head of WTO  former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization

16 February 2021

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has welcomed the historic appointment of former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization, the first woman and representative of the African continent to do so.

Event: COVID-19 and Tourism: Mapping a way forward for Commonwealth Small States A woman dipping her feet in the water on a beach in Sri Lanka.

19 February 2021

This virtual event will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, including a review of current policy initiatives being undertaken to tackle the tourism decline.

International Women’s Day 2021 – Sea the She: Recognising women’s contributions to ocean science women in science

5 March 2021

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Secretariat will be celebrating women’s contributions to ocean science. Secretary General Baroness Scotland will introduce this special web event highlighting inspiring stories of women from across the Commonwealth who are challenging gender norms through their work in ocean industries.

Event: 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards ceremony Commonwealth Youth Awards ceremony winners 2020 with Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

10 March 2021

The winners of the annual Commonwealth Youth Awards will be announced on 10 March. The ceremony will take place during Commonwealth Week and will be held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online performance management training for governments launched View of Lagos Island

28 January 2021

The Commonwealth Secretariat has launched an online training programme on performance management for member governments.

20 finalists announced for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards Statues

27 January 2021

Twenty extraordinary young individuals including inventors, activists and entrepreneurs from 18 countries have been announced as finalists for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards. The awards recognise outstanding Commonwealth young people whose projects are transforming lives in their communities and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.