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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

In the news

Newly-appointed diplomats urged to seize Commonwealth opportunities Delegates at the Commonwealth Diplomats induction programme

Diplomats newly-appointed to posts with responsibility for the Commonwealth have been encouraged to take full advantage of opportunities to boost co-operation and connection among its 53 member countries.

Commonwealth teams up with 'NO MORE’ initiative to reduce violence against women and girls Commonwealth Secretary General announcing Commonwealth Says NO MORE

The Commonwealth has announced a new partnership designed to reduce domestic violence in member countries. Today, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland signed a memorandum of understanding with the NO MORE Foundation which is a global movement of 1,400 allied organisations and 40 international chapters working together to stop and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

Partnership is crucial in the quest for peace, says Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretary-general Patricia Scotland at 2019 RISING Global Peace Forum

The Secretary-General spoke of partnership being in the Commonwealth’s DNA as she delivered a message on multilateralism and peace dialogue at a major thought-leaders’ event.

Blog: Access to justice for all is not yet a reality – but there are ways forward Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Sri Lanka

Access to justice for everyone in all communities is an important right and requirement for building fair and peaceful societies – yet this objective has been achieved in few if any nations, and the consequences are damaging for social, economic and political progress and stability.

Commonwealth law ministers resolve to take action on access to justice Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Sri Lanka

Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030.

Blog: How a robust international arbitration framework can boost global trade and economic growth gavel and block

A robust framework for resolving cross-border commercial disputes can help unlock valuable trade and investment opportunities for Commonwealth countries.