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Commonwealth mourns loss of former Botswana President Ketumile Masire

23 June 2017

On behalf of the Commonwealth, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has expressed her deep condolences to the people of Botswana as the country mourns the death of its former President, Sir Ketumile Masire.

Canada to Chair 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting

Release date 22 June 2017

Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, will chair the 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington, D.C., this October.

Partnership agreement to promote social cohesion and respect for diversity

22 June 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Khalili Foundation to develop a new generation of young, grassroots leaders who respect cultural and religious diversity.

African authorities cite Commonwealth edge in battle against corruption

22 June 2017

Anti-corruption agencies in Africa have praised the Commonwealth Secretariat for bringing its resources and expertise to bear on national efforts to combat graft and enhance good governance.

Election 2017: The Commonwealth in Papua New Guinea

21 June 2017

Commonwealth election observers are in Papua New Guinea for the general election scheduled for 24 June 2017. Voting will take place over two weeks until 4 July, with 3,332 candidates vying for 111 seats in Parliament.

Commonwealth observers issue statement on arrival in Papua New Guinea

Release date 21 June 2017

Commonwealth election observers in Papua New Guinea will be “objective, independent and impartial”, the group’s chair has said.

Six more NGOs join list of accredited Commonwealth organisations

21 June 2017

Half a dozen non-governmental membership bodies have joined the family of civil society and professional organisations that are accredited by the Commonwealth.

Education ministers meeting to focus on sustainable development

21 June 2017

“Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver?” This is the theme and the big question on which Commonwealth Education Ministers will deliberate at their conference in Fiji next February.

Antigua and Barbuda hails ‘monumental’ support on ocean boundaries

21 June 2017

The government of Antigua and Barbuda has welcomed the “monumental” assistance provided by the Commonwealth in settling the country’s maritime boundaries with French territories in the Caribbean.

Commonwealth observes elections in Papua New Guinea

21 June 2017

A Commonwealth Observer Group, appointed by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, is on the ground in Papua New Guinea to observe the conduct of a general election.