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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. 

Canada gives $2.7 million boost for Commonwealth Blue Charter Scientists conducting ocean observation

5 September 2019

New funding from the Government of Canada will help protect marine health and promote good ocean governance, aligned with the Commonwealth Blue Charter’s action group on ocean observation.

Secretary-General urges action on oceans at Malta meeting Commonwealth Secretary General speaking at oceans meeting in Malta

5 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has emphasised the "immense urgency" of taking action to protect the world's oceans. Patricia Scotland joined representatives from the Commonwealth, United Nations, governments and other international organisations at the first meeting of Oceans Ambassadors, hosted by the Government of Malta.

Ten awarded Blue Charter fellowships to fight plastic pollution Scientist in a lab coat standing in a laboratory next to set of scales

24 July 2019

Ten emerging scientists have been awarded fellowships at top Commonwealth universities to explore innovative ways to tackle plastic litter in the ocean

Ask the Expert: The road to clean energy - a look at how Commonwealth countries are making the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy Wind turbines in the desert

16 July 2019

The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features some of the leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat. In this edition, Alache Fisho, Legal Adviser at the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate, looks at how Commonwealth countries are making the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Blue Charter group gears up to protect and restore ‘priceless’ coral reefs Coral reefs Action Group participants

14 July 2019

Commonwealth countries devoted to saving the world’s coral reefs met in Townsville, Australia this week to outline immediate and long-term actions they can take to ensure the health of coral reef ecosystems.

New book enlightens young readers on deep sea mining Submarine travelling underwater

5 July 2019

A new illustrated book, co-published by the Commonwealth, seeks to educate children about seabed minerals and the impacts of their exploitation through deep sea mining.

Commonwealth explores model law for sovereign wealth funds Speaker at sovereign wealth funds workshop points to a graph in his presentation

2 July 2019

Plans are being floated for the creation of a Commonwealth “model law” aimed at helping countries manage profits gained from their natural resources. On 24-25 June, senior officials from 17 member countries joined a two-day workshop on natural resource sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

Blog: Commonwealth Blue Charter - A beacon of hope for the future of ocean governance Ocean waves breaking onto rocks

8 June 2019

To mark World Oceans Day, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources Nicholas Hardman-Mountford shares how the Blue Charter can help spur lasting global change towards sustainable ocean governance.

Blog: Commonwealth Blue Charter - A beacon of hope for the future of ocean governance Ocean waves breaking onto rocks

To mark World Oceans Day, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources Nicholas Hardman-Mountford shares how the Blue Charter can help spur lasting global change towards sustainable ocean governance.

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