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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.

Livelihoods of millions depend on healthy oceans and sustainable trade: Secretary-General

17 July 2018

The Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, says urgent action is needed to save the world's oceans, since the livelihoods of millions of people depend on their preservation and sustainable development.

Commonwealth Secretary-General to participate in second Oceans Forum in Geneva

13 July 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will participate in a high level United Nations forum to find sustainable ways for millions of people to make a living from the world's oceans.

“The Hub” helps vulnerable countries tap crucial climate funds

4 July 2018

The Commonwealth’s hub for climate finance celebrated key milestones this week, including the mobilisation of £3.7 million for climate-vulnerable countries, with another £135 million in the pipeline.

Mauritius expertise to back Commonwealth fight for coral reefs

3 July 2018

The Republic of Mauritius will share valuable marine protection know-how with other Commonwealth countries, using the Commonwealth Blue Charter as a platform to exchange best practices, collaborate on research, and carry out training workshops.

Seychelles leader commends Commonwealth ocean approach

2 July 2018

The president of the Seychelles, Danny Faure, has credited the Commonwealth for propelling his island country forward as an advocate for ocean issues and climate change.

Scholarships on offer to Commonwealth member states

13 June 2018

Malta is allocating the oceanography grants through the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence (CSSCE). They will fund a one-week course in operational oceanography for blue growth.

World Oceans Day 2018: A Blue Charter for a blue planet

7 June 2018

International concern for the plight of the global ocean is at an all-time high. In April this year, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter, creating a bright blue beacon to guide cooperative action on ocean issues. 

New petroleum producers urged to heed ‘local context’ in policymaking

24 May 2018

Emerging petroleum producing countries have been urged to carefully consider country context when forming local content policies – or risk long-term drawbacks to the development of the sector.

Introducing the Commonwealth Blue Charter

21 May 2018

In August 2017, Jeff Ardron, Ocean Governance Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, reported on the first High-level Pacific Blue Economy Conference, in Fiji: “The ‘Blue Economy’ is a term that appears to have been invented independently by both Pacific Islanders and the colourful German entrepreneur Günter Pauli.

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