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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

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Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Africa tour

Watch as she recounts her experiences of visiting Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue

President Edgar Lungu and the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions.

Secretary-General highlights challenges posed by trade fragmentation

Trade governance structures must be “fit for purpose” to address the changing global landscape and benefit Commonwealth member countries, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said.

President of Uganda opens 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

“The young people of the Commonwealth are leading us to a future of ever greater aspiration, and even greater achievement.” These were the words of Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the start of one of the world’s most eminent intergovernmental youth conferences.

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Zambia

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is scheduled to visit Lusaka from 7-10 August, where she will reaffirm the Commonwealth’s support to the people of Zambia in meetings with government officials and other stakeholders.

Praise for Commonwealth's new 'momentous' justice reform office

High commissioners have praised as “momentous” a new Commonwealth office to help member states tackle, among other challenges, corruption.