Commonwealth Community Development 

Her Majesty The Queen recognises Antiguan volunteer with Commonwealth Point of Light award

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, February 13th 2018, recognised Michael Joseph, of Antigua and Barbuda as the 9th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional voluntary service with the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond. By sharing these stories of…

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Commonwealth Regional News 

Commonwealth Secretary-General Pledges to Challenge Development Assistance Rules

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has promised to ramp up advocacy for the reform of development assistance rules which member states say are restricting aid to storm ravished countries in the Caribbean. The Secretary-General made the commitment at meetings with leaders in Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica during visits to the countries to discuss Commonwealth support after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation. Today she issued a statement about her trip to the islands. The Secretary-General said, “I knew coming home to Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica was going to…

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Commonwealth Regional News 

Law Ministers Meeting Ends With Pledge to Reform Key Legislation

Commonwealth citizens are set to benefit from improved legal services in a range of areas as law ministers ended their meeting in The Bahamas with a package of agreements and pledges. Tackling terrorism, addressing climate change, responding to natural disasters, meeting sustainable development goals and eradicating early and forced marriage were all on the wide-ranging agenda. After three days of deliberations, ministers pledged to pursue key law reforms in a number of areas. “This was a critical moment for the Commonwealth for so many reasons,” said Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. “Dominica…

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Climate Change Commonwealth Community Disaster Management 

Letter from Nine Year Old Barbudan brings PM Browne and wife to tears

On Monday 25th September, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne returned from the United Nations in New York, where he championed the cause of small island states against the effects of Climate Change following the destruction of Barbuda and Dominica from super hurricanes. Prime Minister Browne and his wife, Mrs. Maria Bird-Browne received a warm welcome at the V.C. Bird International Airport from friends and well wishers, but it was a letter of gratitude from a nine-year old Barbudan, Alexander DeSouza which brought the Prime Minister and his wife to…

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Commonwealth 

Commonwealth winners to receive special award from Her Majesty The Queen

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is today delighted to reveal that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, including Lia Nicholson from Antigua and Barbuda, have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced today become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of…

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Commonwealth 

Antigua and Barbuda winner to receive special award from Her Majesty The Queen

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is today delighted to reveal that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, including Lia Nicholson from Antigua and Barbuda, have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced today become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of…

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Commonwealth 

Antigua & Barbuda represented at Buckingham Palace during the Queens Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) Reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen

On Tuesday 15 November, the Minister of Health and the Environment, Honourable Molwyn Joseph, accompanied by High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill, met Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace during a reception to acknowledge the commitments from 20 countries across the Commonwealth to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) initiative. Speaking at the reception, the Honourable Minister Molwyn Joseph was quoted saying: “Although small, we recognize, as a member of this global family of nations, that we have a responsibility to protect, preserve and…

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Commonwealth 

Prince Harry’s Caribbean Visit to Begin in Antigua & Barbuda

As previously announced HRH Prince Harry will undertake an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana in November and December 2016. His Royal Highness will carry out 14 days of official engagements in Her Majesty’s Realms where The Queen is Sovereign, and Guyana – a member of the Commonwealth. Prince Harry will visit seven countries including the Realms of Antigua & Barbuda,…

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Commonwealth Community Development Economic 

An understanding to help small Commonwealth states get access to global markets is signed off

It has been three years in the preparation but it took under three minutes and the flourish of three signatures, including that of the Secretary-General, for the Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility (CTFF) to move a step closer. Today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding demonstrates real intent to help those with limited access to international trade finance. “Trade is the lifeblood of economies and never more so than for small countries. Yet they simply can’t access the international financial system,” said Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. “According to the WTO, 80 to…

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Commonwealth 

Commonwealth to be ‘honest broker’ as member states move from ‘shock to solutions’ after UK vote to leave the EU

We are ready to support countries through tough post-Brexit trade negotiations, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will tell Commonwealth finance ministers this week. The Secretary-General will meet ministers during the annual Commonwealth Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers Meetings in Washington on 5th and 6th October. Among the agenda items the impact of Brexit is “a key concern.” In advance of the meetings the Commonwealth is today (Wednesday) publishing “Brexit: Its implications and potential for the Commonwealth” which provides a detailed analysis of the current uncertainty.

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