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Commonwealth ocean action gains traction at COP24

9 December 2018

“Real experiences” are what drove some Commonwealth countries to take up the banner for the ocean, stepping forward to champion action groups of like-minded members working together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing ocean problems.

New paper considers protection for damage caused by deep-sea mining

7 December 2018

A new Commonwealth paper examines who should be held responsible if deep-sea mining in international waters causes environmental damage.

Seychelles Steps Forward as Commonwealth Champion for Marine Protection

28 November 2018

Efforts to protect the ocean have received a major boost with the announcement that Seychelles will lead a Commonwealth Blue Charter action group on marine protected areas.

Event: Commonwealth at COP24

2 December 2018 to 14 December 2018

COP24 provides opportunities for the Commonwealth to advocate on behalf of our member countries, especially for the concerns of small and other vulnerable states who are most threatened by climate change.

New action on oceans to be revealed at Kenya conference

24 November 2018

Further support for the Commonwealth's vital initiative to protect the world's oceans, seas and lakes will be announced at a side event of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on 27 November 2018

Roadmap to boost Seychelles’ blue ocean economy

11 October 2018

The Government of Seychelles in collaboration with the Commonwealth has launched the ‘Blue Economy Strategic Framework and Roadmap’ to build its ocean-based economy.

Strong partners will deliver on Commonwealth Blue Charter, says Secretary-General

10 September 2018

Protecting the ocean today is the best way of ensuring prosperity for future generations, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. Her remarks came at a session on the Commonwealth Blue Charter on sustainable ocean governance, held on the margins of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, which ran from 3 to 6 September 2018

Secretary-General to meet Pacific leaders in Nauru

3 September 2018

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is in Nauru to meet leaders and other partners this week at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting.

If Vanuatu can ban single-use plastics, so can other Commonwealth countries

22 August 2018

Cradled in the South Pacific, my home country Vanuatu is made mostly of ocean.  The Pacific covers 98% of the national jurisdiction. Here, some 280,000 Ni-Vanuatu like myself live simply off the land and sea.  We view the ocean as a living ‘bridge’ that connects islands and continents while sustaining life in all its forms.

Secretary-General meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Colombo

5 August 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has met the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, during her first official visit to the country.

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