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    The Commonwealth Secretary-General has pledged to be a champion for women and girls, stating that the fight for gender equality is central to delivering global goals on development, governance and climate change. 

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Social development

Our approach to social development focuses on giving people a voice in their lives and communities. We empower people by helping create unified, strong, inclusive and accountable institutions. 

We work to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning opportunities.

We advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Commonwealth countries and work with National Women’s Machineries to support the social, political and economic empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s rights.

Partnering with member governments, private businesses and civil society organisations helps us support and strengthen health institutions in Commonwealth countries. We focus on issues of growing international concern, such as the threat of non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and achieving universal health coverage.

We help unlock the potential of small states to withstand natural disasters and economic challenges through powerful partnerships and meaningful assistance. We develop, support and convene partnerships and initiatives to help people change consumption patterns so the environmental impact on small states is minimised.

We support and empower young people to realise and reach their full potential. Our Youth Programme has been supporting member countries for over 40 years: engaging and recognising young people, supporting governments and professionalising youth work.

Young people: partners for a secure, fair and prosperous Commonwealth

A taskforce of youth delegates from across the Commonwealth are in London for a week-long planning meeting for the next Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) and Commonwealth Youth Council General Assembly (CYCGA).

Education is pivotal to the future of the young Commonwealth, Secretary-General tells conference

Education plays a pivotal role in equipping future generations with the tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues, not least filling the skills gap which is a global challenge faced by many member states.

Closing the education gap in Africa

A leading academic says next week’s education conference in Namibia will help tackle the education gap between Africa and the rest of the world.