A New Accord To Conserve And Sustainably Use The Seas

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Patricia Scotland QC

Just as it took incredible ingenuity, bravery and perseverance to mount a mission to the Moon, it will require the same investment to safeguard our blue planet, to move from a philosophy of 'explore and exploit' to one of 'sustain and be sustained by'. For the sake of the ocean and those that depend on it, we must rise to the occasion.

The Commonwealth Offers Hope To Voters Who Expect Credible Elections

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

We are committed to helping all our member countries, wherever they are on their democratic journey. In doing so, we aim to justify the sense of hope and optimism which all voters deserve to feel on election day.

We Will Bring Down Rates Of Violence Against Women

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Patricia Scotland QC

As the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I stand with millions of men and women around the world to say NO to violence! We will not accept that violence is a part of culture. We reject any suggestions that women and girls are mere possessions to be used and abused.

Harnessing The Power Of Sport To Deliver Peace, Prosperity And Development Across The Commonwealth

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Sport
Patricia Scotland QC

I'm really excited that in our new Hub relationship, the Commonwealth Sports Movement and Commonwealth Secretariat can be even more effective in mobilising and maximising this potential as we move to a new phase of deeper collaboration. It will ensure that the beneficial effect of sport in the Commonwealth cascades far beyond elite competition, and reaches locations far, far wider than Commonwealth Games host cities. A love of sport is among the greatest of our shared Commonwealth assets and together we can ensure it is the force for good we know it can be.

The Queen's Young Leaders Are the Force That Will Change the World

Adam Bradford | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

It is an honour to have shared a week with these amazing young people and to have met Her Majesty The Queen. Here are just a few my fellow young leaders and friends who inspired me...

Why EU Membership Leads to a Discriminatory Immigration Policy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Over the weekend my piece on why the UK government turned away more than 2,700 non-EU nurses was widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, but after ...

The EU and the Commonwealth - The UK's Place in Both

Hugo Swire | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Some have suggested that Brexit is a patriotic cause. And to argue for the UK to remain in the EU is somehow unpatriotic. I reject that entirely. I, as Britain's Minister for the Commonwealth, believe that the patriotic thing to do is what is in our country's long term interests. And I believe these interests are best served by re-committing to the Commonwealth and to a reformed EU.

Having Been Instrumental in Achieving the Paris Agreement, the Commonwealth Has to Be Instrumental in Delivering It

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

As Secretary-General I'm determined the Commonwealth takes a lead. Not just for our small island states who are literally disappearing before our eyes but for the world as a whole. We've had the agreements. It's time now for action.

The People for Whom Human Rights Have No Meaning

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Cooper

Nor is it a coincidence that countries that don't criminalise and uphold human rights are more economically viable. With inclusive democracies comes inclusive wealth. Business invests in inclusivity. Tormenting LGBT people is bad for business, bad for wealth creation and bad for health. It undermines the human rights project. Human rights apply to everyone. No one, not even LGBT people, are left behind.

A Critical Year for the Commonwealth

Ellie Cumbo | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ellie Cumbo

If this longstanding institution is to live up to its potential as a global model of diverse states working to tackle common challenges and seize common opportunities, it needs the right leadership at this crucial moment. For the sake of the people and the countries that rely on the Commonwealth, and those who could benefit from its flourishing, let us hope their governments choose wisely.

Why Sierra Leone's Ebola Orphans Are Not Victims

PJ Cole | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
PJ Cole

It was the vision and commitment of my father and those who worked with him, however, that transformed so many child soldiers into community leaders. We need to make that choice again today - to invest in young people, seeing them as leaders of the future.

Watching the First Election After the Coup

Meg Munn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I'm a politician who loves election days - the campaigning stops and the voter makes their choice at the ballot box, but on the 17th September I swapped my rosette for a high vis jacket with 'observer' on the back. My job was not to persuade people who to vote for, but watch the election process as Fiji went to the polls for the first time since the 2006 coup.

Celebrating Our Nation's Favourite Sporting Personalities With Plants

Kenneth Freeman | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Kenneth Freeman

With a number of sporting events taking place in the UK this summer, Ambius wanted to celebrate some of the top British athletes involved - in our own unique way... The 'plant art' was designed by students and teachers at the academy and have been made entirely out of natural plants and flowers.

Barrowman Delivers Rebuke To Anti-LGBT Countries With Commonwealth Games Kiss

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Ned Simons | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Sport

John Barrowman delivered a stunning rebuke to the 42 nations of the Commonwealth in which homosexuality remains illegal – by kissing a man during th...

Commonwealth Games Opens At Celtic Park In Glasgow

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport

The opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games is under way in Glasgow, with Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar welcoming the sporting nations to Sco...

21 Commonwealth Country Flags We Bet You'll Struggle To Identify

Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

The Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow on July 23rd and they promise to be a time when countries from around the slightly outdated colonial group of ...

Stoning Gays to Death? Life in Prison for Being LGBT? Britain Cannot Stay Silent Any Longer

Dr Purna Sen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Purna Sen

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in London this week as the honoured guest of the Commonwealth Business Council. Yet just 10 weeks ago President Museveni made it punishable by life imprisonment to be a lesbian or gay man in his country. Anybody daring even to speak up for the rights of LGBT citizens can now go to jail for seven years.

Ireland Should Rejoin The Commonwealth, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

The Republic of Ireland should rejoin the Commonwealth "to celebrate peace" in the wake of Martin McGuinness' state dinner with the Queen, an MP has s...

Soft Power and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Soft power can influence others to want the same things as the UK "by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity." The report also says it should be carefully combined with hard power, essentially military force, to form "smart power."

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

The Future of the Commonwealth

Hugo Swire | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This government has made no secret of its strong support for the Commonwealth. But no institution today can be complacent. People rightly want to know why institutions exist and what they achieve. The European Union is familiar with this sort of scrutiny - and in recent times, the UK and others across Europe have been asking how it can become more competitive, more flexible and more democratically accountable. The Commonwealth's challenge is very different. It has to explain to all of us how it can be relevant to us in a 21st century world, a world of competing bodies and organisations covering every area of international activity.

Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

Sunder Katwala | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sunder Katwala

As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities fully mark the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, can it find common ground to reflect Australian and Canadian pride in the birth of a nation, Indian and Pakistani concerns about getting the form of recognition right, and South African scepticism about the contemporary relevance of a conflict fought between long lost Empires?

The Queen Plotted To Do WHAT To Idi Amin?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK

The Queen plotted to hit Ugandan dictator Idi Amin over the head with a ceremonial sword, archives published in a new book have revealed. The monar...

Show Off or Show Down? Colombo Is Ready for a Party as the Commonwealth Rolls Into Town

Steve Crawshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Steve Crawshaw

For Rajapaksa and his government, it is obviously a privilege to be hosting CHOGM - a surprising choice, by any measure, given the country's dismal human rights track record, including disappearances, war crimes and what a UN report described as "a grave assault on the entire regime of international law". Rajapaksa wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan government comes out of this with reputation enhanced.

Commonwealth Colludes With Anti-Gay Persecution

Peter Tatchell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states. They are refusing to even discuss the current homophobic persecution in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria... At least 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states still criminalise homosexuality. They account for more than half of the world's countries where same-sex relations are illegal.