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Commonwealth countries end the year with ‘uplifting’ and ‘powerful’ musical collaboration Virtual performance

22 December 2020

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has described a never-before-attempted musical feat as “uplifting and a powerful testament to the Commonwealth’s resilience”.

Commonwealth event helps to strengthen Caribbean anti-torture commitments Gavel

17 December 2020

Commonwealth human rights experts held an anti-torture workshop for senior government officials from the Caribbean.

Emerging oil and gas producers urged to adapt to new realities New Producers Group meeting

15 December 2020

New petroleum-producing countries are facing key challenges linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a crash in oil markets, a significant decline in investments, along with long-term impacts of the global transition towards a lower carbon economy.

The Gambia announces plans to launch national ‘NO MORE’ campaign against domestic violence The Gambia’s Minister of Women’s Affairs Fatou Kinteh announces The Gambia Says NO MORE’ campaign

12 December 2020

The Gambia has announced plans to launch a national ‘NO MORE’ campaign against domestic and sexual violence.

Secretary-General announces four special envoys and champions

11 December 2020

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has today announced the names of four special envoys and champions who will promote the Commonwealth’s values and principles around the world.

Panel discussion on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food trade of the Commonwealth Rwanda food market

15 December 2020

The webinar will explore some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade in food products in Commonwealth countries in the early months of the pandemic.

OPINION: Can we rise from the COVID-19 ashes and win the climate battle? Local people in floods

11 December 2020

When 197 countries adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, I remember feeling an extraordinary surge of hope – for multilateralism, for science, for humanity.

3rd Open-Ended Working Group Meeting: Model Indicators on Sport and SDGs Sport for development and peace

11 December 2020

The 3rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Model Indicators on Sport and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held as a virtual forum on 2-3 December 2020. The meeting was delivered by the Commonwealth Secretariat, working with UNESCO and UNDESA as meeting hosts.

‘Happy to be back in the Commonwealth,’ Gambian President tells Secretary-General The Gambia President Barrow with Patricia Scotland Secretary General of The Commonwealth

10 December 2020

Gambian President Adama Barrow has told the Commonwealth Secretary-General that his country is “happy to be back” in the family. The Secretary-General is in The Gambia for her first official visit since the country re-joined the Commonwealth in 2018 - almost five years after leaving the association. She commented: “President Barrow’s words are a testimony to the longstanding partnership between The Gambia and the Commonwealth."

Opinion: Commonwealth Secretary-General says Covid-19 threatens girls’ access to education Students in Solomon Islands

10 December 2020

To mark Human Rights Day, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland writes about the need for legislation and policies to ensure that wherever possible girls remain in school. Girls generally experience more barriers to education than their male counterparts, and this has been exacerbated yet further by the COVID-19 pandemic.