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Commonwealth and Malta to establish new desk to enhance voluntary sector - May 5, 2019 - 11:27:06 AM

A new agreement between the Commonwealth and the Government of Malta will promote the sharing of knowledge and solutions to strengthen the voluntary sector in member countries.

Deputy Secretary-General Arjoon Suddhoo and the Chairman of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) Noel Camilleri signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a meeting today. The MoU outlines the principles of cooperation between the two parties...
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Former South African president Thabo Mbeki to lead Commonwealth Observer Group for Malawi elections - May 3, 2019 - 9:30:32 AM

A Commonwealth group has been appointed to observe the 2019 Malawi Tripartite elections. It will be led by Thabo Mbeki, the second post-Apartheid South African President.

Voters go to the polls on 21 May to elect a president as well as members of the national assembly and local government councillors...
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5 countries in the Caribbean region adopt the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety - May 1, 2019 - 8:35:09 AM

Five (5) countries: Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Sint Marteen and Suriname adhered to the Caribbean Safe School Initiative and adopt the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety during the 2nd Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum. The forum was held from April 29 to 30, 2019 in Kingstown and hosted by the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information...
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Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia: New Senator sworn in - Apr 30, 2019 - 3:00:44 PM

As the Senate met on Tuesday, April 30th 2019, to consider a Motion for the financing of the 2019/2020 Budget, a new Senator was sworn in. Mr. Francisco Jn Pierre, from the community of Laborie, took the Oath to become a Senator within the Parliament of Saint Lucia.

Senator Jn Pierre, currently a taxi operator, most recently was the Assistant Manager (Loans) at the Laborie Co-operative Credit Union. He serves on the Board of the Southern Taxi Company and has for years been an advocate for taxi drivers in the south...
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Secretary-General calls for climate action as new cyclone devastates Mozambique - Apr 26, 2019 - 12:35:15 PM

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has expressed her profound sadness at the devastation caused by Cyclone Kenneth which has ravaged Mozambique today.

She said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique, the strongest cyclone yet to have hit the country...
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OAS to support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model - Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41:12 AM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (PGR) today signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the PGR's capacity to promote citizen security.

Through agreement, the Department of Public Security (DPS) of the OAS will support the PGR through the exchange of experiences and the design and implementation of strategies to strengthen and consolidate the progress that the Dominican Republic has made in the modernization of its penitentiary system...
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Costa Rica Signs Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance at the OAS - Apr 25, 2019 - 5:40:01 PM

Costa Rica signed, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance. The Central American country joins Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, as the fifth nation in the Americas to have signed all conventions related to human rights

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, said that with the signing of this Convention Costa Rica fulfills "a debt we had with the Inter-American Human Rights System and we wanted to comply with it as soon as possible."...
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Commonwealth releases striking photographs from the archives to mark 70th anniversary - Apr 24, 2019 - 5:15:24 PM

The Commonwealth is celebrating its 70th anniversary by releasing a series of photographs documenting the association’s history.

The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the London Declaration, signed on 26 April, 1949.

Across the Commonwealth, organisations are celebrating the 70th Anniversary with a series of events, conferences, competitions and workshops throughout the next year.
But how was the Commonwealth formed? How has it changed over the last seven decades? And crucially...
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines to host 2nd Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum focused on education sector resilience - Apr 24, 2019 - 3:05:16 PM

Ministers of Education, officials in the education sector as well as regional and international partners will convene in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the second Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum. The forum will be held from April 29 to 30, 2019 in Kingstown and hosted by the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information.

In April 2017, the first Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum was held in Antigua and Barbuda...
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Commonwealth Foundation appoints Anne Gallagher as Director-General - Apr 23, 2019 - 9:45:21 PM

Following a rigorous selection process and approval from its 46 member states, Anne Therese Gallagher AO has been announced as the new Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth’s agency for civil society. Ms Gallagher will assume the role in June 2019 at the Foundation’s offices in Marlborough House, London.

Since its relaunch in 2012, The Foundation has been developing the capacity of civil society to play its part in making policy and institutions more responsive and accountable to people’s needs...
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Social Enterprise Award added to The CTOo’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme - Apr 23, 2019 - 11:05:46 AM

Caribbean enterprises that act as social change agents through tourism innovation will be recognised by the region’s tourism development agency.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is this year introducing the Tourism Social Enterprise award to its sustainable tourism awards programme...
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Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks - Apr 22, 2019 - 9:54:00 AM

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

Secretary-General Scotland said: “On behalf of the Commonwealth family of 53 nations I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka...
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CCJ Celebrates 14 Years - Apr 16, 2019 - 2:10:48 PM

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its operations on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The Court is marking this occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court are reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court administration. The judges and the staff of the CCJ held a small ceremony to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the Rules...
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Thousands of Saint Lucians to benefit from Tax Savings under Personal Income Tax Reform - Apr 16, 2019 - 11:00:32 AM

In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet announced  Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income taxes.

This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity - Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington DC.

General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN "Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the management agenda of the institution."
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Pigs of Paradise wins international award - Apr 15, 2019 - 10:36:40 AM

Author of bestselling book based on the World-Famous Swimming Pigs
to be presented with bronze medal at the 23rd Annual Independent Book Publishing Awards in New York City

The bestselling hardcover on The Bahamas’ beloved swimming pigs has been selected by an international body as one of the best books of the year...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights - Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression and access to information in the Hemisphere.

Mauricio Alarcón, member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
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Workshop on Improving the Business Climate by Strengthening Procedures to Start a Business in the Caribbean - Apr 12, 2019 - 11:50:32 AM

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), has set its sight on improving the business climate in the Caribbean with a focus on strengthening the procedures to start a business in the Region.

The Agencies convened a two-day workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados from 9-10th April 2019) to discuss the region’s business climate...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala - Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala, Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
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Caribbean Animators Learn, Earn and Display at KingstOOn 3 - Apr 12, 2019 - 9:29:07 AM

Caribbean animators had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an audience of local, regional and international players in the content and technology industry and access seed funding for their animated concepts thanks to the KingstOOn 3 Animation Festival which was held in Jamaica April 5 -7, 2019.

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported the participation of three animators: Barbadian Joshua Clarke, Alain Bidard from Martinique and St. Lucian Tevin Loctar...

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