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Commonwealth countries lose $345 bln in trade due to Covid-19

– – Commonwealth countries are estimated to have lost up to US$345 billion worth of trade in 2020, including $60 billion in intra-Commonwealth trade, according to 2021 Commonwealth Trade Review on “Energising Commonwealth Trade in a Digital World: Paths to Recovery Post-COVID”. Released today, the Commonwealth Trade Review provides a timely and comprehensive analysis of the impact of the pandemic on… Read More
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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… Read More
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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.… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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.… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More