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International Women’s Day: To change the world, women must choose to challenge Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

8 March 2021

Among the greatest gifts with which I have been blessed were parents who instilled in me a deep-rooted sense of identity, and the unequivocal belief that there was no difference between what a boy and a girl could achieve.

Women show the way to COVID-19 resilience, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking at women leadership event

8 March 2021

The Secretary-General has praised the leadership of women across the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and says it is vital they keep up the momentum as equal partners in driving recovery.

Commonwealth Day 2021 celebrated virtually; Secretary-General delivers message of ‘hope’ Commonwealth Day and Theme Logo

7 March 2021

This year Commonwealth Day will be celebrated on 8 March across the world in a series of virtual events, beginning on 7 March with a service at the UK’s Westminster Abbey.

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.

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: 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards ceremony Commonwealth Youth Awards Graphic

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. Twenty finalists from 18 countries are up for five regional awards. Of the five regional winners, one outstanding young person will become the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2021.

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.

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.