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.
- 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
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.
The Secretariat is helping Solomon Islands establish and strengthen youth workers’ associations.
As part of the Learning for Life project, the Secretariat helped Solomon Islands to reduce inequalities in education and improve results.
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.
The Solomon Islands is a member of the Marine Protected Areas and Ocean Acidification Action Groups, championed by Seychelles and New Zealand respectively.
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.