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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands are 2 parallel chains of volcanic islands and small coral atolls in the south-western Pacific. The country is mainly mountainous and covered in forests, although it has some extensive plains. Solomon Islands’ nearest neighbours are Vanuatu to the south-east and Papua New Guinea to the west.  

Key facts

  • Region: Pacific
  • Population: 652,860 (2018) 
  • Area: 30,407 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Honiara 
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1978, following independence from Britain 
  • Commonwealth Youth Index: 26 out of 49 countries 

Secretariat support for Solomon Islands 

Elections support 

The Commonwealth sent a mission to promote discussions in Solomon Islands on how the country can improve women’s participation in politics. 

In April 2019, the Commonwealth observed and reported on Solomon Islands’ general elections.  

In September 2019, Solomon Islands hosted a Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) Initiative training. Participants shared experience and good practice on staffing for elections.

Youth 

The Secretariat is helping Solomon Islands establish and strengthen youth workers’ associations.

Education 

As part of the Learning for Life project, the Secretariat helped Solomon Islands to reduce inequalities in education and improve results. 

Trade 

At the Regional Consultation for Asia-Pacific in Singapore in May 2019, the Secretariat supported Solomon Islands in expanding its trade with other Commonwealth countries.

Solomon Islands in the Commonwealth 

Solomon Islander Bobby Siarani was named 2019 Commonwealth Youth Award Winner for the Pacific Region. He founded a biogas initiative to address waste disposal and provide clean energy. 

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