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Covid-19: Commonwealth ministers call for global co-operation on vaccines

– – Commonwealth Law Ministers have called for increased international co-operation to enable equal access to Covid-19 vaccinations. A special virtual meeting of Law Ministers was convened on 18 February to discuss legal implications of the pandemic – in particular on access to justice, upholding the rule of law, and equitable access to essential medicines and equipment. Commonwealth countries have recorded more than 19 million Covid-19 cases and 370,000 deaths. During their meeting, Law Ministers shared their views and experiences of legal challenges which have arisen amid the pandemic. Ministers…

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The 20 finalists for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021

– – Twenty extraordinary young individuals including inventors, activists and entrepreneurs from 18 countries have been announced as finalists for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards. The awards recognise outstanding Commonwealth young people whose projects are transforming lives in their communities and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 1,000 entries from 43 Commonwealth countries were received last year. The finalists were selected across each of the award’s regional categories following a rigorous judging process. This year, the awards have expanded to include five regional categories: Africa, Asia, the…

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Nominations open for young people to join Commonwealth Youth Council

– – Nominations are open for young leaders to apply to stand for positions on the Commonwealth Youth Council, the body which represents the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people. The council, one of the world’s most diverse youth-led bodies, is seeking candidates for its nine executive positions to serve from 2021 to 2023. The elected candidates will develop and run the council, organise workshops and advisory panels, give recommendations for youth development, and attend high-level, policy-shaping forums across the world. Speaking ahead of the announcement, Speaking ahead of the announcement,…

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Four special envoys and champions announced by Commonwealth

– – The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has today announced the names of four special envoys and champions who will promote the Commonwealth’s values and principles around the world. The four roles will be responsible for portfolio areas covering key issues designed to support and assist the Commonwealth’s 54 countries and 2.5 billion people. The four individuals taking on these new roles are: Former director of The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, Justin Munday, as the Special Envoy on Climate Change, Environment and Socio-Economic Affairs. He will support the Commonwealth’s…

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Namibia: Commonwealth says poll was ‘peaceful and orderly’

Namibia’s election on 27 November was carried out in a largely peaceful and orderly manner, according to an interim statement issued by the Commonwealth observers who were deployed to the country. The group noted that the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections – the sixth multiparty elections since Namibia‘s independence – were the most competitive in the country’s electoral history. Issuing the Group’s preliminary statement in Windhoek, the Chair of the Observer Group, former Attorney General of Zambia Musa Mwenye, said: “We observed that the processing of voters remains slow,…

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Commonwealth law ministers to take action on access to justice

Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030. The biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting concluded today with a set of proposed actions to be taken at the national and Commonwealth level. Ministers agreed to address the justice needs of vulnerable persons, including by expanding specialised justice services and targeting root causes of legal problems. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting is a…

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Opinion: The world must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis

Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s – and history suggests we should take this as a warning that a debt crisis could be looming. Were one to materialise, it could inflict greater dislocation on international financial systems and national economic stability than ever previously witnessed, especially in this highly uncertain environment characterised by the trade war and regional disintegration. This…

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Commonwealth finance ministers to meet over debt crises

Commonwealth finance ministers will meet in Washington D.C. on October 17, 2019 to discuss coordinated interventions to prevent future debt crises. The meeting will be chaired by the Finance Minister of Cyprus, Harris Georgiades, under the theme ‘Preventing Debt Crises: The Roles of Creditors and Debtors’. It will be preceded by sessions for senior finance ministry officials and central bank governors. Ministers will explore policy options and strategies by which debtor countries can work with creditors to prevent the recurrence of debt crises. Debt crises, as witnessed recently in Greece…

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Commonwealth steps up battle on climate change

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches. Common Earth, is the programme that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region. Government officials, environmentalists, scientists, economists, and representatives from indigenous groups from around the Commonwealth met at the organisation’s headquarters in London to discuss how the initiative can achieve sustainable development whilst protecting the planet. “It is not game over in the battle…

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Rwanda to host Commonwealth heads of government meeting

The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has been officially launched in a video message from the President of Rwanda and the Commonwealth Secretary-General. President Paul Kagame and Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced that CHOGM 2020 will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre during the week starting 22 June. Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend. The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Energy…

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