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Today marks 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury Docks

22 Jun 2018

The ship’s image has since come to symbolise the UK’s diversity and the huge contribution the Windrush generation has made to all aspects of British life

CONGRATULATIONS

21 Jun 2018

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a baby girl

IMF Executive Board Concludes Consultation with Saint Lucia

21 Jun 2018

GDP growth reached 3 percent in 2017, sustained by robust activity in several sectors

Better adapting migration policies to labour market needs would help Ghana’s economy

21 Jun 2018

ILO-OECD Development Centre report provides an unprecedented analysis of immigrant workers’ contribution in three areas of the Ghana’s economy: labour markets, economic growth and public finance

IFC and the Government of Canada Support Second Scaling Solar Project in Zambia

20 Jun 2018

Construction to start on a solar plant that will provide clean and affordable power to ease the country’s energy shortages

HM Trade Commissioner for Africa appointed

20 Jun 2018

Africa trade expert Emma Wade-Smith OBE named as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa to boost the UK’s trade and investment relationship with the continent

Bangladesh and UNIDO sign Country Programme

19 Jun 2018

The Programme will enhance UNIDO’s support to the Government in the design, development and implementation of a road map for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

UK Foreign Secretary announces appointment of Commonwealth Envoy

19 Jun 2018

Philip Parham will lead the UK’s effort to ensure delivery of the commitments made at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April

Engineering success vital to Zimbabwe’s future: UK ambassador

18 Jun 2018

Speech by HMA Catriona Laing at a Royal Academy of Engineering Workshop at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo

South African Parliament joins the nation in commemorating Youth Day

18 Jun 2018

It was 42 years ago, on 16th June 1976, when courageous young people rejected an educational system designed to restrict the intellectual development of Africans

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Commonwealth fast facts

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries.

The combined population of the Commonwealth is 2.2 billion.

The combined gross domestic product of Commonwealth member countries is predicted to reach US$14 trillion by 2020.

Intra-Commonwealth trade in goods and services is estimated at more than $680 billion and projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.

Commonwealth members’ combined exports of goods and services are valued at $3.4 trillion, which is about 15 per cent of the world’s total exports.

60% of the Commonwealth’s citizens are under the age of 30.

The most innovative economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth member countries (8 out of the top 10).

25 Commonwealth countries have high or very high human development according to the HDI.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 8 of the top 10 countries with the lowest levels of corruption are Commonwealth members.

Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.

Source: thecommonwealth.org For further Fast Facts on the Commonwealth see http://thecommonwealth.org/fastfacts

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THE COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING 2018 REPORT

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 Report has now been published.  Produced in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Report will be distributed to the attendees of the four days of events taking place in London this week.

The 2018 CHOGM will bring together leaders from Commonwealth countries to reaffirm common values and address shared global challenges. The theme for the Meeting is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and is focused on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure the unique organisation helps member states deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all citizens, particularly young people.

The Report includes perspectives from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, the Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat and the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, amongst a number of other high level contributions.

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THE MINISTERS REFERENCE BOOK: COMMONWEALTH 2017

The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2017 was launched on Commonwealth Day 2017 at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey, attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heads of Government, High Commissioners, and numerous other VIPs.
Produced in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society, the report aims to help foster sustainable economic, social and environmental development across the Commonwealth.
The 2017 report features an impressive array of authoritative views on topics ranging from the Sustainable Development Goals and peace-building to trade and infrastructure development.

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THE MINISTERS REFERENCE BOOK: COMMONWEALTH 2015

The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2015 was launched on Commonwealth Day 2015 at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey, attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heads of Government, High Commissioners, and numerous other VIPs. Contributors include Joseph Stiglitz, Amina J. Mohammed, The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya and Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. 

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THE CHOGM 2015 REPORT

On the eve of CHOGM 2015 that took place in Malta, 27-29 November, Henley Media Group and the Royal Commonwealth Society launched the CHOGM 2015 Report, which addressed major themes of the modern Commonwealth. Contributors include Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and Kofi Annan.

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CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:

HRH Prince of Wales
David Cameron
Muhammadu Buhari
Akinwumi Adesina
Helen Clark
Wu Hongbo
Malcolm Turnbull
Christiana Figueres
Supachai Panitchpakdi
Maria van der Hoeven
Achim Steiner
Amina Mohammed
Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Muscat
Christine Lagarde
Muhammad Yunus
Kofi Annan
Ibrahim Mayaki
Stephen Harper
Uhuru Kenyatta
Irina Bokova
Peter Mutharika
Robert Azevêdo
Nkosazana Dlamina Zuma
Portia Simpson Miller
Perry Christie
Julia Gillard
Joan Clos
John Dramani Mahama
Olusegun Obasanjo
Jacob Zuma
Houlin Zhao

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