Good governance, strong democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights and respect for diversity are Commonwealth values.
The Commonwealth Secretariat works with member countries to resolve conflicts or tensions. We help consolidate good governance and strengthen confidence in public institutions.
We work with governments and partners in civil society to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights globally.
We assist governments to tackle systemic corruption by supporting the sharing of best practices, training and capacity-building.
We support international and national strategies to counter violent extremism and to reduce the vulnerabilities of at-risk communities.
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has today met with President Edgar Lungu, main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and Catholic bishops after landing in Zambia yesterday for an official four-day visit.
High commissioners have praised as “momentous” a new Commonwealth office to help member states tackle, among other challenges, corruption.
A group of 25 people will be attending a workshop on Friday 7 July to discuss the findings of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s studies on women’s political participation in the Commonwealth.