Creating a fresh perspective of how small states perform, exploring ways to help them do better and highlighting the Commonwealth’s role to ensure they are well-served by regional bodies are the key insights of a handbook launched at Marlborough House.
The Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Choir dazzled staff at the Commonwealth headquarters in London this week with its powerful voices, mesmerising music and heart-wrenching poetry.
Youth perspectives are key to finding solutions to most of the big challenges facing countries of the Commonwealth – and the Commonwealth collaboration and innovation can accelerate global progress towards a fairer, safer and more inclusive world.
Our thoughts are with the people of Zimbabwe. We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and injuries caused by the attack, and wish all who have been hurt or affected in any way a speedy recovery.
Terrence Simfukwe is a trade adviser seconded to Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He’s there as part of the Hub and Spokes Programme. The programme provides trade experts to national ministries and regional trade organisations in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states. Prior to his posting in 2016, he was principal economist for foreign trade in Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. Here he outlines Belize’s efforts to develop a national trade policy.
The reality is that small and vulnerable states encounter well-documented challenges in accessing international climate finance. The most notable is the complex funding landscape, which has a number of actors and complex procedures.
Human rights and trade work for Commonwealth small states is set to be expanded following the funding of new experts.
The Commonwealth has pledged to work with member countries to identify best practices and tools to counter violent extremism. These include making it more difficult to use the internet for terrorist purposes and challenging hate speech online with positive narratives.
The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies issued a joint statement after a week-long meeting in Turks and Caicos.
Least Developed Countries are set to benefit from an agreement that unites the work of the Commonwealth and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to boost commerce. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the trade body’s Enhanced Integrated Framework, during a two-day summit at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.