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Coronavirus - Africa: Commonwealth to unveil ‘4D strategy’ on reviving sport at ministerial forum

Commonwealth Secretariat’s ‘Data, Digital, Diversify and anti-Discrimination’ strategy will help the sector adapt to the new normal

A four-dimensional strategy will be unveiled at a major ministerial forum tomorrow, to help governments sustain the sport sector ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commonwealth Secretariat’s ‘Data, Digital, Diversify and anti-Discrimination’ strategy will help the sector adapt to the new normal and continue contributing to health and wellbeing, community…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Commonwealth leaders hold virtual meeting on COVID-19 crisis

As of 24 June, there are more than 1.37 million confirmed cases in the Commonwealth

Leaders and representatives from across the Commonwealth have today held a virtual meeting to share solutions and ways of working that can help to combat the impacts of COVID-19. Many member countries are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global health emergency and its economic and social ramifications. These issues…

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Coronavirus - World Ocean Day: Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and green economies

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Commonwealth health ministers agree to share advice and solutions in coronavirus battle

Ministers endorsed removing fees for coronavirus tests and treatment, especially for migrants and refugees, as appropriate within national contexts

Commonwealth health ministers have agreed to coordinate their response in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Ministers endorsed removing fees for coronavirus tests and treatment, especially for migrants and refugees, as appropriate within national contexts, and creating a voluntary mechanism to share and distribute extra medical supplies including ventilators and testing kits.…

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Landmark deep-sea mission to boost ocean action

The newest Commonwealth member country, Maldives, has joined Seychelles to launch a major joint scientific expedition to investigate unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean

A deep-sea scientific mission to uncharted depths in the Maldives and Seychelles will gather valuable data to support the Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action and train local scientists. The newest Commonwealth member country, Maldives, has joined Seychelles to launch a major joint scientific expedition to investigate unexplored depths of…

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Commonwealth charity match will see cricket legends bat for cause in Barbados

A similar event in Africa is currently being discussed, with Nairobi being considered as a potential venue

The match coincides with the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) quadrennial meeting taking place in Barbados. Legends from the game will form Barbados XI and Commonwealth XI teams to play a T20 match at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The Secretary-General said: “I am very proud that Peace at the Crease – which draws…

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Joint declaration of the tripartite visit to Cameroon

The aim of the tripartite mission was to encourage the ongoing national efforts for the implementation of the conclusions of the Grand National Dialogue

Joint Final Declaration of the Tripartite visit of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Secretaries General of the Commonwealth and the OIF The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo and the Secretary General of…

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Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy

The strategy will include provisions to help increase women’s access to leadership, to achieve a minimum number of years of free quality education

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030. The strategy will include provisions to help increase women’s access to leadership, to achieve a minimum…

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Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight

The Secretary-General was granted the honour of naming a baby gorilla during a Rwandan ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people

Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. At the ceremony, baby mountain gorillas are named by dignitaries, celebrities and leaders in conservation. The event's main goal is to bring national and international…

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Cameroon workshop advances women’s role in peacebuilding

The Commonwealth delivered the workshop in collaboration with the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

The Commonwealth has held a training session for more than 30 Cameroonians designed to highlight the role women can play in building peace, understanding conflict and countering violent extremism. Participants from Cameroon’s civil society attended the four-day workshop in Douala. They are involved in supporting women who are on the…