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Voting begins in Maldives

6 April 2019

A Commonwealth group is observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections as the nation elects 87 members to parliament for the next five years. The former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, is chairing the group of eight Commonwealth observers.

Observer Group arrives in Belize

5 April 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has deployed a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe the referendum in Belize proposed for 10 April. The Observer Group is led by Hubert A Ingraham, former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and is composed of ten specialists from across the Commonwealth with backgrounds in election management, law, gender, civil society, media, and politics.

Equipping young Asians to work against extremism

5 April 2019

Young people from Commonwealth countries in Asia have been learning how they can take action to prevent and counter violent extremism and build peace in their communities. Aspiring leaders and change-makers aged between 18 and 25 took part in a five-day workshop in Brickfield, Malaysia, to equip themselves with skills to help shape their communities in positive ways.

Debate probes potential skills gap in sport and sustainable development

3 April 2019

Two teams of experts, athletes and youth leaders will face off at the Annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development.

Observers gear up for Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election

3 April 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group is in Maldives to witness the country’s 11th parliamentary election, scheduled for 6 April.

Secretary-General wins international prize for services to women’s empowerment

2 April 2019

Patricia Scotland has received a Distinguished Champion award at the WEConnect Gala in Washington DC for her tireless efforts to empower women and achieve gender equality across the world.

Leading educators creating Early Childhood Education Toolkit

2 April 2019

Commonwealth experts and international partners have been discussing the vital role early childhood education plays in member states achieving their full social and economic potential.

Education, health and language key to inclusion of sexual minorities in Namibia

1 April 2019

Namibia’s Ombudsman has conducted a roundtable on sexual orientation and gender identity in his country with support from the Commonwealth.  The conference builds on an earlier roundtable that focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Observing the vote in the Solomon Islands

31 March 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group is currently in Honiara ahead next week’s National General Election in the Solomon Islands. Over the past few days the Group has been meeting with key stakeholders, including political parties, civil society organisations, women’s groups and youth representatives as well as the Election Commission.

Secretary-General to receive international award for services to women’s empowerment

29 March 2019

Patricia Scotland will receive a Distinguished Champion award at the WEConnect Gala in Washington DC for her tireless efforts to empower women and achieve gender equality across the world.