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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

In the news

Secretary-General congratulates Belize on successful referendum

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has congratulated the people of Belize on a successful referendum. They voted to refer to the International Court of Justice any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land, insular territories and any maritime areas.

Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland expressed her revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General attends Rwandan genocide commemoration

Rwanda has held a national act of remembrance to mark 25 years since the genocide that killed an estimated one million people.