Tuvalu is an island country in the west-central Pacific Ocean. It sits about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Its neighbours include Kiribati, to the north, and Fiji, to the south. It is made up of a chain of 9 small coral islands. The islands are low lying. Many have large lagoons and are surrounded by coral reefs.
- Region: Pacific
- Population: 11,500 (2018)
- Area: 25.6 square kilometres
- Capital: Vaiaku (government offices), Fongafale islet, Funafuti atoll
- Joined Commonwealth: 1978
- Commonwealth Youth Index: lack of adequate data
Secretariat support for Tuvalu
The Commonwealth’s Small States Office in Geneva helped Tuvalu to report on human rights in the country under the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Tuvalu achieved a successful UPR in May 2018 as a result.
At a workshop in Fiji in June 2018, the Secretariat helped Tuvalu learn about the law and managing risk as a result of climate change.
The Secretariat helped Tuvalu learn about the global community and partnerships. It also worked with the country to help it encourage cultural and religious tolerance.
The Secretariat is working with Tuvalu to improve access to education for all people and to achieve better results in education.
The Secretariat helped the Tuvalu government build skills to negotiate with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on the development of rules for seabed mining.
Tuvalu is a member of the Ocean Acidification Action Group, championed by New Zealand.
Tuvalu is a member of the Supply Side Connectivity cluster of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.