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Human rights central to the SDGs - UN High Commissioner

3 April 2017

The realisation of human rights is central to successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told a Commonwealth audience in London last Friday.

Commonwealth countries ‘doing very well’ in human development

29 March 2017

The 2016 UNDP Human Development Report's lead author, Dr Selim Jahan, describes Commonwealth countries as “doing very well” in terms of human development.

Unlocking the door to women’s political leadership

29 March 2017

The Caribbean and Africa will be the first to benefit from action to get more women into political leadership, the Commonwealth Secretariat has announced.

A tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott

25 March 2017

I would like to join with the government and people of Saint Lucia today to honour their son, and to celebrate his life and the immense contribution he has made to literature.

Commonwealth in global talks on gender equality and women’s rights

24 March 2017

The Commonwealth has joined ministers and civil society leaders from across the globe to make strong commitments on women’s rights and empowerment at the 61st Session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Boosting trade in services within Africa is a win-win for diverse economies

The Hub and Spokes programme provides trade experts to national ministries and regional trade organisations in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states.

Commonwealth Secretary-General statement on the terror attack in London

23 March 2017

I offer my personal and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of those who died in yesterday's terror attack in London.

I Am Able: the Commonwealth youth campaign for disability rights

23 March 2017

The Commonwealth Youth Council has launched a campaign to support the rights of disabled young people.

Young entrepreneurs in West Africa join forces to boost trade and jobs

Release date 22 March 2017

Young entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have joined forces to form a new network to boost business growth and address youth unemployment.

We need to act collaboratively to tackle the devastating consequences of cybercrime

22 March 2017

Commonwealth kinship and affinity, and the similarity of our systems of law and governance, will help in the fight against cybercrime, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said today.