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Statement by the Commonwealth Secretary-General on Guyana-Venezuela controversy Commonwealth logo

14 January 2021

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the promulgation of a decree by Venezuela that it has sovereignty over the area adjacent to Guyana’s Essequibo coast, and other recent statements by that country regarding its border controversy with Guyana.

Statement by the Commonwealth Secretary-General ahead of the 2021 General Elections in Uganda commonwealth logo

13 January 2021

Ahead of the 2021 General Elections in Uganda on 14 January, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has called on all Ugandans, in particular political leaders, to uphold Uganda and the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, tolerance and inclusivity.

Nominations open for young people to join Commonwealth Youth Council Commonwealth Youth Council at CHOGM 2018

11 January 2021

Nominations are open for young leaders to apply to stand for positions on the Commonwealth Youth Council, the body which represents the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people.

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”.

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.

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.

‘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.

Panel calls for an end to cyber-bullying Cyber bullying webinar

9 December 2020

The Commonwealth Secretary-General led a panel of government, civil society and tech industry representatives in condemning the “silent pandemic” of online abuse directed at women.

Secretary-General makes first official visit to The Gambia after it re-joined Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

4 December 2020

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will tomorrow depart for her first official visit to The Gambia.

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