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Ministers call for accelerated action on small states

18 April 2018

Leaders and ministers convened in London, yesterday for the first high-level discussions of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Their focus was on how best to support the Commonwealth’s 31 small states, which face unique vulnerabilities.

Giving women a slice of the pie will boost economies

17 April 2018

Collective action to help women overcome barriers to entrepreneurship makes good economic sense. This is the message that rang loud and clear as government leaders, ministers, activists and world-renowned professionals met to deliberate women’s economic empowerment on the second day of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum in London today.

Finance guarantee to help small states access international funds

17 April 2018

An innovative way for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance has been launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

New diaspora report shows investment gap

17 April 2018

Immigrants to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth countries are not investing as much money back to their home countries as they could. This ‘investment gap’ is a key finding from the first comprehensive assessment of UK diaspora investment.

It is possible to end female genital cutting (FGC) within a generation

17 April 2018

Female genital cutting (FGC) is one of the more hidden, yet wide reaching, barriers to the empowerment of women and girls in at least 45 countries all over the world. It intersects with a variety of other issues. It is often, but not always, a precursor for child marriage. It also impedes economic empowerment, education, lifelong health (both physical and psychological), and can mean women and girls’ are hindered from fully contributing to the development and prosperity of their countries.

Global heavyweights pay tribute to the Commonwealth’s unity and strength

17 April 2018

Heavyweights from across the world of politics, industry and activism today paid tribute to the strength, unity and diversity of the Commonwealth at the start of ‘Super Tuesday’.

Microsoft founder praises Commonwealth collaboration

17 April 2018

This morning all four forums of the Commonwealth Summit met for a joint plenary session. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, now focussing on his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke of the importance of collaboration and sharing during his keynote address.

Fiji urges governments to honour climate change commitments

17 April 2018

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

Forum endorses recommendations on women’s political participation

16 April 2018

The Commonwealth Women’s Forum today endorsed a set of recommendations for getting more women into political leadership.

Commonwealth values ‘could help rebuild business trust’

16 April 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland talked about sport, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and small business during an open debate at the Business Forum at London’s Guildhall this afternoon.