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Blog: Access to justice for all is not yet a reality – but there are ways forward Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Sri Lanka

6 November 2019

Access to justice for everyone in all communities is an important right and requirement for building fair and peaceful societies – yet this objective has been achieved in few if any nations, and the consequences are damaging for social, economic and political progress and stability.

Justice should not be confined to courtrooms, says Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Sri Lanka

6 November 2019

People must have faith in the justice system for the rule of law to work, according to the Commonwealth Secretary-General. Patricia Scotland spoke at the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Commonwealth needs ‘transformational’ young people, says Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials Meeting in Ghana

1 November 2019

The Secretary-General has called for “transformational leadership” in youth development across Africa and the Commonwealth.

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.

Blog: The world must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis Commonwealth Secretary-General addressing meeting

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.

Blog: Commonwealth model offers hope for easing multilateral trade tensions Ship and containers at dock

Global uncertainties and tensions are escalating and affecting trade in every region. We see rising protectionism, while multilateral cooperation - including through the World Trade Organisation - is increasingly under threat. Meanwhile, the resilience of many smaller or less developed countries is being undermined by the impact of climate change and extreme weather unprecedented in living memory, together with other natural disasters.

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.

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