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Commonwealth Politics 

PM Browne discusses Barbuda rebuilding and Caribbean Nationals in the UK with UK Secretary of State

Prime Minster the Honourable Gaston Browne, on Monday, met with the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Honourable Penny Mourdaunt, in a bilateral meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. In the bilateral, the Prime Minister thanked the United Kingdom for the £3 million that have been pledged to the rebuilding effort in Barbuda. He further updated the International Development Secretary on the progress being made in the reconstruction work on the island, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The Prime Minister expressed that…

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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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