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Special Announcements Included Below!

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Commonwealth and United Nations

Sign New Agreement

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[L] United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and [R] Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland

13 December 2019

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed have formally committed their organisations to work more closely together.

The two leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London. The document outlines how the two organisations will work together on pressing global issues such as governance and peace, sustainable development, inclusive growth, climate change, ending violence against women and girls and sports for development and peace.

In a joint statement, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations said:

“The United Nations and Commonwealth have long shared a genuine relationship based on shared goals and values.

“We are today proud to enhance this friendship and take it to a new level which the delivery of the 2030 Agenda demands."

“As we turn to a new decade of action, the challenges we face in order to deliver on the world that we want by 2030 demand we address sustainable development, climate change, improving governance and promoting peace.”

The Commonwealth is committed to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and has made particular progress on the goals of gender equality and tackling climate change.

Across the Commonwealth, gender parity is close to being achieved in primary schools. According to research undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2018/2019, a girl is as likely to attend primary school as a boy, and in some Commonwealth countries, more likely to.

Working on tackling climate change and ocean conservation is also an area where the Commonwealth has had a significant influence. Last year, all 53 nations in the Commonwealth, covering one third of the world’s oceans, signed the Blue Charter a landmark agreement to actively co-operate on ocean governance. So far 12 nations have stepped up to lead action groups on areas such as marine pollution, ocean acidification and coral reef protection.

The agreement stresses that ‘prevention’ will underpin each of the collaborative areas and leaves the door open for additional areas of co-operation at a later date.

Above Text Courtesy, Commonwealth of Nations and United Nations

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A Prince to Remember!

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Gone . .  But Never Forgotten!

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

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"May His Royal Humanity Shine Brightly in Eternity!"

Learn more about Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at:

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The Commonwealth and

GLOBAL ISSUES!

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Special Announcement

The Honourable Philip Davis QC MP, Prime Minster of The Bahamas:

Commonwealth needs to be a loud voice for action on climate!

10 May 2022

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Speaking at the dialogue, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon Philip Davis QC MP, said:

“We cannot do this alone. We are in an inequitable position on climate change so it is important that the Commonwealth lends its voice. And the time has come that the voice is turned up to ensure that we get the proper response from the world on this existential threat.

“One area we need to tackle vigorously is access to climate funding. The process for accessing climate financing is so tortuous that many small island states like ours have not been able to access funds we need.

“So, the voice of the Commonwealth of Nations needs to be a loud voice sufficient to bring awareness and the need for action not tomorrow but today.”

Watch Video and Read full text on the following web page:

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Special Announcement

Commonwealth Day 2022

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Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

14 March 2022

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This year’s celebrations, held under the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future’, will be historic, marking 70 years of the reign of

Queen Elizabeth II and

her role as Head of the Commonwealth.

" . . . We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and,  throughout  my life,  I  have enjoyed  the  privilege  of hearing  what  the  relationships  built across  the  great  reach  and  diversity of the Commonwealth have 

meant to people and communities . . . "

"Delivering a Common Future"

Secretary-General Delivers a Message

of Hope Amid Global Challenges

14 March 2022

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“In an uncertain world, with multilateralism under strain, the Commonwealth shines as a beacon of hope and promise,

inspiring confidence in the benefits of international

co-operation and collective action.

“We celebrate the diversity that enriches us, and the similarities that enable us to work to together. Our points of unity make

the Commonwealth unique in our world. Drawing from

the deep wells of our unique history, they enable us

to face the challenges of the 21st Century

with clarity, unity and purpose.”

Text-Quote Courtesy, Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland

Commonwealth Day will be commemorated by 54 countries across the world on 14 March, honouring their shared values and rich diversity as members of the Commonwealth.

Every year, people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe observe the day with a range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, flag raising ceremonies and cultural events.

This year’s celebrations, held under the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future’, will be historic, marking 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and her role as Head of the Commonwealth.

In her annual message, Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland underlined the significance of Commonwealth solidarity during this time of global uncertainty . . .

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Special Announcement

Commonwealth supports Caribbean

blue economy ambitions

25 March 2022

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Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat, joined the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Dr Joanna Newman and others on a five-day visit to the country last month, as part of the COBE International Steering Committee (ISC).

The group met with key national and regional stakeholders to discuss potential partnerships and fundraising opportunities for the centre, which will be housed at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Five Islands Campus.

The initiative, a collaboration between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the University of the West Indies and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, is expected to boost marine science and blue economy research across the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne welcomed the visit, underlining his “firm and unwavering support” for the establishment of the centre.

Read full text on the following web page:

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Special Announcement

Marlborough Dialogues welcomes the

Deputy President of Kenya

8 March 2022

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The Commonwealth Secretariat has today held the first instance of a new forum for discussion and dialogue with political leaders and thinkers from within the Commonwealth.

The inaugural Marlborough Dialogues, held its first session today, welcoming Dr. William Ruto, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya to London to speak on the importance of the Commonwealth Charter and Commonwealth values to Kenya and its democracy.

Read full text on the following web page:

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Special Announcement

 Signing Ceremony between the Commonwealth 

Secretariat and the World Health Organization

7 February 2022

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Images / Text Courtesy, The Commonwealth / WHO

On 7th February 2022, the Commonwealth Secretariat and

the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to

strengthen their collaboration in seven

priority areas. The MoU was signed

by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC,

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

The MoU focuses on ending the COVID-19 pandemic, advancing

Universal Health Coverage, addressing vaccine equity, strengthening digital health systems and working towards global health security.

Building a data partnership and creating space for innovation

and exchange of knowledge are also included.

Learn more at:

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Special Announcement

The Commonwealth & COP26

29 October 2021

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has called for all countries to deliver an ambitious and transformative outcome at the imminent UN Climate Change Conference COP26, while appealing for increased support for the smallest and most vulnerable nations.

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HRH The Prince of Wales and Commonwealth Secretary-General discuss critical role of sustainable cities ahead of COP26

31 October 2021

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Days before the global COP26 climate talks began in Glasgow, HRH The Prince of Wales met with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC for a high-level discussion at Clarence House, to call attention to the crucial importance of sustainable urbanisation in tackling climate change.

During the event which was convened by The Prince’s Foundation with key Commonwealth partners, HRH The Prince of Wales said:

 

“Sustainable development is clearly critical to responding to the climate emergency.

“The scale of our response needs to be equal to the scale of the challenge we are facing. I sincerely hope the very essence of adding social, environmental and commercial value can help to inspire and guide our actions and responses in the weeks and months ahead.

“There is a real central necessity to look at [rapid urban planning] in a more structured way, which will directly determine so many aspects of our human existence. So if Covid has taught us anything, then surely it has been to demonstrate what can be achieved through collective action. Leadership is key, but so is effective collaboration. “

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COP26: Prince Charles to tell world leaders

they need to be on 'a war-like footing'

to tackle climate crisis

1 November 2021

Must See Video

Courtesy, The Commonwealth / Sky News

Prince Charles has told told the G20

leaders in Rome that COP26 is . . .

"the last chance saloon" and

"we must now translate

fine words into still finer actions."

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Why youth workers are key

to achieving the SDGs

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The ongoing challenges of the global pandemic can be all encompassing and sometimes overwhelming – particularly for young people whose prospects and plans have been severely disrupted.

But this spot of darkness that has lingered over our world in the last year and some has been matched with brilliant points of light. Not only did our world become more resilient and creative, but our heroes – doctors, nurses, cleaners, and so many others whose efforts for many years had gone unnoticed – were finally recognised and celebrated.

Text Courtesy, The Commonwealth - Read more at:

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The Commonwealth Making

an Impact

on . . .

GLOBAL ISSUES!

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role in shaping and developing

a sustainable future for

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