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Samoa conference inspires action on boosting small states’ resilience to disasters

24 April 2019

Samoa faced huge flooding in 2018 after torrential rain fell overnight, leaving a trail of destruction, 330 people evacuated and $10 million of infrastructural damage. The lessons learned from this experience made Samoa a suitable location to host the fifth Commonwealth Global Biennial Conference on Small States under the theme ‘Building Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction’. The conference brought together officials from 23 small states and 20 development agencies to discuss disaster risk financing solutions.

Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks

22 April 2019

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland expressed her revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

Commonwealth launches young women’s mentorship programme

18 April 2019

A new scheme will empower young African women in Commonwealth countries by matching them with experienced professionals in their fields

Climbing the coconut value chain in the Pacific

18 April 2019

In the Pacific, coconut is king. Known as the ‘tree of life’, locals make use of every part of the tree to survive – the fruit for eating, husks for fuelling fires, fronds for making multiuse baskets, and the trunk for building houses

Lawyers fund new classroom building in Zambia

15 April 2019

Teachers and pupils at a school in Zambia have been celebrating the opening of a new classroom thanks to donations from law conference delegates.Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland officially opened the new facility at the Linda Community School in the small village of Livingstone, Zambia.

Countries agree on targets to support small and medium businesses

11 April 2019

Commonwealth countries wrapped up two days of deliberations today, with a plan to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses looking to gain a foothold in global markets and supply chains.

Deepening the anti-corruption effort in Grenada

10 April 2019

The Commonwealth, in collaboration with the Integrity Commission of Grenada, organised a leadership and management training programme from 25 March - 1 April in the capital, St. George’s. In addition, a one-day session on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), published by Transparency International, took place with the National Roundtable Anticorruption Mechanism.  Participants discussed the implications of the CPI for Grenada.

Connectivity group to help businesses tap into global trade

10 April 2019

Commonwealth countries will gather in Vanuatu this week to explore how small and medium-size businesses can plug into global value chains, and benefit from intra-Commonwealth trade - estimated to reach nearly $2 trillion within 10 years. The activity is part of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda (CCA), adopted by Heads of Government in April 2018 with a view to boosting trade and investment links across the Commonwealth.

Featured blog: The Power of Convening – Lessons from the Fifth Global Biennial Conference on Small States

A blog by Heather Cover-Kus, Technical Research Officer - Economic Policy and Small States, at the Commonwealth Secretariat

Commonwealth group: Maldives elections “peaceful and well-organised”

9 April 2019

A Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election has concluded the voting and counting process on election day was “peaceful and well organised”.

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