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Secretary-General: fast-track action on ocean health ‘before it is too late’ Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Commonwealth Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway

25 October 2019

The Commonwealth is working to establish a fund to help member countries take practical action on ocean sustainability. Ministers leading Commonwealth Blue Charter action groups met in Oslo with marine experts, investors and philanthropists to discuss the shape of the proposed fund. 

Blog: The world must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting

18 October 2019

Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s – and history suggests we should take this as a warning that a debt crisis could be looming.

Secretary-General vows to help The Bahamas on climate crisis during visit to hurricane hit islands Commonwealth Secretary-General with The Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister in Abaco after Hurricane Dorian seeing the devastation

10 October 2019

The Secretary-General has expressed solidarity with the people of The Bahamas in a visit to the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama which were hit by Hurricane Dorian last month.

Game on! Commonwealth steps up battle on climate change with regenerative solutions model Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland launching common earth at marlborough House

4 October 2019

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches. Common Earth, is the programme that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region.

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.

Blog: Gender equality has never been so close but still far from being a reality Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Women's Affairs Meeting

19 September 2019

This month the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting will assemble in Nairobi, Kenya. It has taken place regularly since 1985, to take stock of the current status of gender equality in our member countries, and to share perspectives and experience of how progress on this important Commonwealth priority can be achieved more swiftly.

Commonwealth helps developing countries bank millions for climate action Flooding in Cape Peninsula

19 September 2019

A Commonwealth facility designed to assist smaller and more vulnerable countries tackle the damaging effects of climate change has helped them access USD 27 million of funding.

‘Unite to change the world’ Secretary-General tells young diplomats Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking with young diplomats

13 September 2019

The Secretary-General has urged young diplomats posted to London from across the world to pool their talent, knowledge and dynamism to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Show courage to make the world a better place, Secretary-General tells future global leaders Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, speaking to future global leaders

13 September 2019

Courage is the greatest measure of a leader and young people should not be afraid to “go against the flow” when acting on their convictions, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has said.

Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight Mountain Gorilla eating grass

9 September 2019

The Secretary-General was granted the honour of naming a baby gorilla during a Rwandan ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people. Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

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