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UK hosts ministerial talks with Australia

23 Jul 2018

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted their Australian counterparts last week for AUKMIN 2018

Nigeria To Boost Young Girls’ Education In Rural Areas

20 Jul 2018

Educating girls is crucial for Nigeria’s human capital development for the country to realise its potential globally – Minister Onu

Kenya To Double Its Shareholding In Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

20 Jul 2018

President Kenyatta underscores the importance of the private sector in bridging investment gaps on the continent

New Zealand welcomes UK launch of public consultations on a Free Trade Agreement

19 Jul 2018

“Strong signal that the UK is prioritising an early agreement with New Zealand” - Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker

Speech by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

18 Jul 2018

Delivered at the Centenary Celebrations of the birth of President Nelson Mandela, Mvezo Village, Eastern Cape

NELSON MANDELA DAY

18 Jul 2018

Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain transforming learning

17 Jul 2018

Commonwealth of Learning argues the adoption of such technologies will result in blended and collaborative learning

UK boosts Africa ties after ministerial visit

17 Jul 2018

The United Kingdom remains determined to bring prosperity and stability to East Africa, defence minister Mark Lancaster has reaffirmed after visiting Uganda

President Buhari Calls For Stronger Partnerships With Banks to Improve Infrastructure

16 Jul 2018

Remarks made as African Export and Import Bank received at the Presidential Villa

Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls

13 Jul 2018

Not educating girls costs countries trillions of Dollars, says new World Bank report

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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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