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Seychelles milestone offers lessons on marine protection

8 May 2020

Commonwealth countries committed to saving the ocean will benefit from new knowledge gained from the Seychelles, which has just designated almost a third of its ocean as marine protected areas (MPAs).

Anthony Joshua, Alexandra Burke and Craig David performed at Commonwealth Day service Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua gives a reflection at the Commonwealth Day Service

9 March 2020

Some of the Commonwealth’s top entertainers and sporting stars joined Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family at a multi-faith service to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Landmark deep-sea mission to boost ocean action A woman sitting in a deep-sea diver

5 March 2020

A deep-sea scientific mission to uncharted depths in the Maldives and Seychelles will gather valuable data to support the Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action and train local scientists.

Event: Launch of ‘First Descent: Midnight Zone’ mission to Seychelles and Maldives Launching science landers Nekton mission

4 March 2020

The Commonwealth and the Nekton Foundation will launch ‘First Descent: Midnight Zone’, a mission to explore and protect the Indian Ocean - the world’s least explored and most at risk ocean.

Young CEO empowers women, youth in climate fight Angelique Pouponneau, CEO of Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust

16 December 2019

One of Seychelles’ youngest executives is calling for countries to put more trust in young people as leaders on climate change issues.

Blue Charter ramps up momentum with new action group at COP25 President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland

12 December 2019

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has stepped forward to lead an action group on sustainable coastal fisheries, as part of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. The action group will rally countries together to share knowledge and best practices, align actions on sustainable fisheries and mobilise funding to support their joint initiatives.

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

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