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Fundamental freedoms generally respected: Observer Group’s final report on elections in Nigeria Chair of Commonwealth Observer Group in press conference

9 July 2019

In its final report, the Commonwealth group observing Nigeria’s general elections of 23 February has concluded that the process was transparent and the result was credible.

Freedom and safety of journalists around world is key human rights issue: Commonwealth panel Speaker at media freedom discussion

9 July 2019

Members of a discussion panel co-hosted by the Commonwealth have said the safety and freedom of media workers is linked to the achievement of sustainable development goal 16.10, which ensures public access to information.

New book enlightens young readers on deep sea mining Submarine travelling underwater

5 July 2019

A new illustrated book, co-published by the Commonwealth, seeks to educate children about seabed minerals and the impacts of their exploitation through deep sea mining.

Commonwealth explores model law for sovereign wealth funds

2 July 2019

Plans are being floated for the creation of a Commonwealth “model law” aimed at helping countries manage profits gained from their natural resources. On 24-25 June, senior officials from 17 member countries joined a two-day workshop on natural resource sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meets to consider adherence to political values in member states 

29 June 2019

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) today met for the 54th time to discuss developments in member states.

Commonwealth small states recognised for commitment to SDG implementation

28 June 2019

Malta has won the inaugural Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Implementation, with Namibia and the Bahamas also scooping prizes.

Ministers welcome ‘timely’ intervention to assist St Kitts and Nevis in developing community dialogues

26 June 2019

Ministers have welcomed the Commonwealth’s “timely” intervention to assist St Kitts and Nevis in developing community dialogues as part of the Government’s “holistic approach to crime reduction”.

Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub poised to go global

26 June 2019

A Commonwealth initiative designed to help small and other vulnerable states access international finances for tackling the effects of climate change, is poised to go global. The proposal to scale the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub from 10 to 39 developing small states and other vulnerable countries was approved at the Commonwealth Symposium on Climate Finance held in Malta.

Blue Charter champs find allies for ocean action

26 June 2019

Fresh alliances are set to flourish under the Commonwealth’s flagship programme for ocean action, known as the Blue Charter. On Thursday, the Commonwealth and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted an intensive partnership forum for ‘champion’ countries that have volunteered to lead action groups tackling ocean issues under the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

Commonwealth convenes Ghana conflict prevention workshop

25 June 2019

The Commonwealth has continued efforts to strengthen conflict prevention mechanisms in Ghana by convening a three-day workshop. The event in Kumasi, from 24 to 26 June, is designed to address the root causes of violence by strengthening local capacities and promoting the use of effective dialogue and advocacy in containing impending threats.

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