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Education, health and language key to inclusion of sexual minorities in Namibia

1 April 2019

Namibia’s Ombudsman has conducted a roundtable on sexual orientation and gender identity in his country with support from the Commonwealth.  The conference builds on an earlier roundtable that focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Observing the vote in the Solomon Islands

31 March 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group is currently in Honiara ahead next week’s National General Election in the Solomon Islands. Over the past few days the Group has been meeting with key stakeholders, including political parties, civil society organisations, women’s groups and youth representatives as well as the Election Commission.

Secretary-General to receive international award for services to women’s empowerment

29 March 2019

Patricia Scotland will receive a Distinguished Champion award at the WEConnect Gala in Washington DC for her tireless efforts to empower women and achieve gender equality across the world.

Climate hub steps up ambition on finance targets

29 March 2019

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub aims to more than double the number of advisers deployed to help vulnerable countries unlock funds to tackle climate change.

Namibia holds roundtable on sexual and reproductive health and rights

28 March 2019

The Ombudsman of Namibia has convened a roundtable on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) with support from the Commonwealth.

Pacific young leaders on the forefront of climate action

28 March 2019

Pacific youth leaders at the Global Biennial Conference on Small States in Samoa have called for solidarity among young people to urgently address climate change and halt the existential threat to future generations.

Commonwealth conference will accelerate efforts to help small states better respond to disasters

27 March 2019

A Commonwealth conference to strengthen small states’ access to disaster finance and help build their resilience against external shocks, has started in Samoa today.

Public service must rethink development strategies, says Secretary-General

26 March 2019

Commonwealth countries must rethink their approach to delivering public services if sustainable development is to be achieved, according to the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

Commonwealth group to observe Maldives parliamentary elections

26 March 2019

Former Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding will lead a Commonwealth group to observe Maldives Parliamentary Elections next month. Despite withdrawing from the Commonwealth in 2016, Maldives recently expressed an interest in re-joining. As part of this process, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has requested a group observe the vote, scheduled for 6 April.

Small states better prepared to unlock development assistance for disaster resilience

26 March 2019

Officials from small states have completed specially-designed training aimed at strengthening their skills in disaster risk financing. The two-day session in Samoa on disaster finance and disaster risk management was the first such activity delivered by the Commonwealth in partnership with the World Bank.

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