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‘Unite to change the world’ Secretary-General tells young diplomats Commonwealth Secretary-General speaking with young diplomats

13 September 2019

The Secretary-General has urged young diplomats posted to London from across the world to pool their talent, knowledge and dynamism to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Show courage to make the world a better place, Secretary-General tells future global leaders Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, speaking to future global leaders

13 September 2019

Courage is the greatest measure of a leader and young people should not be afraid to “go against the flow” when acting on their convictions, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has said.

Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight Mountain Gorilla eating grass

9 September 2019

The Secretary-General was granted the honour of naming a baby gorilla during a Rwandan ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people. Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Secretary-General expresses concern for The Bahamas in the wake of “catastrophic” Hurricane Dorian Satellite image of Hurricane Dorian hitting The Bahamas

2 September 2019

With Hurricane Dorian having swept through The Bahamas with unprecedented intensity and force, causing extensive damage to infrastructure, and having reportedly claimed at least one life to date, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has on behalf of the wider Commonwealth family expressed deep concern to the government and people of The Bahamas.

Secretary-General launches Commonwealth Youth Work Week in Brunei Darussalam Commonwealth Secretary-General in Brunei Darussalam announcing Commonwealth Youth Work Week

29 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has appealed to governments of member states to continue their support for youth workers and invest in education and training.

Blog: We need to challenge climate change doubters before it’s too late London underground station flooded

19 August 2019

Blog by Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth: The frightening reality of Pacific island nations disappearing into the ocean could also become a real worry for western metropolises. Only with a truly inclusive and worldwide effort, with every nation, government and community on board can we win the battle. 

Commonwealth Secretary-General: Urgent multilateral climate action needed for security and wellbeing of Pacific islanders Children in Papua New Guinea on the water in boats

12 August 2019

The Pacific is the Commonwealth region most vulnerable to climate change. It faces intense variations in temperatures, extreme storms, rising sea levels, and is also highly vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Blog: We are supporting Governments in tackling the devastating impacts of climate change  Commonwealth Secretary-General surveys hurricane damage in Dominica

By taking coordinated collective action, the nations of the Commonwealth can accelerate the mobilisation of international efforts that are the only hope if we are to prevent further detrimental human impact on the delicate natural balance of our planet.

Welcoming peace in Mozambique Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland meeting President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusiique in 2017

7 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the signing of a peace and reconciliation agreement between the governing party Frelimo and the opposition Renamo on 6 August 2019.

Opinion: Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa – and what the Commonwealth is doing about it Displaced people in aftermath of Cyclone Idai

31 July 2019

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps.

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