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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. 

In the news

Secretary-General calls for peace and unity during visit to southwest Cameroon

During the final part of a five-day visit to Cameroon in December, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland travelled to Buea, the capital of the southwest region of the country, and met with key stakeholders, including young people, elders, religious leaders and elected officials.

Commonwealth 'diamond we forgot we had’ says Secretary-General

At a news conference during a successful first official trip to India, she said that member states were realising once again the importance of the Commonwealth family.

India looks to work more closely with the Commonwealth

India has pledged to work even more closely with the Commonwealth. The renewed commitment was made at a meeting between the country's Minister of External Affairs Shusma Swaraj and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

Commonwealth future: smarter, more resilient and gender balanced

India is leading the way with commitment and innovation that is smart and transformative, according to Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.