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Climate change and the Commonwealth

Climate change is reversing progress on poverty alleviation, economic growth and stability across the world. There is compelling evidence that small states and least developed countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change in a disproportionate way.

The Commonwealth has long been at the forefront of global action on climate change. Twenty seven years ago – and three years before the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 – Commonwealth leaders signed the Langkawi Declaration on the Environment which for the first time collectively cited the greenhouse effect as one of the main environmental problems facing the world. The Declaration recognised threats to islands and low-lying coastal states of sea level rise and other climate change perils through global warming.

Fiji urges governments to honour climate change commitments

Fiji’s Prime Minister, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, has urged Commonwealth heads of government to deliver on their commitments to cut CO2 emissions. MORE

Sustainable and resilient education essential to tackle climate change

Traditional dancers greeted Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama at the official opening of the 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers. MORE

Collective action key to halting climate change damage

Permanent and irreversible damage caused by climate change can only be tackled by collective action, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said. MORE

From the Archive: The Holdgate Report on climate change

Landmark Commonwealth study gave world a ‘wake-up call’ on climate change and sea level rise. MORE