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  • Former Prime Minister of Malta to lead Commonwealth Observer Group for Maldives elections

    The Group will be in Maldives from 31 August - 14 September 2013

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat Addresses Putting Youth at the Centre of Sport, Development and Peace

    The use of sport as a tool for development is sometimes underestimated around the world, however with young people's innate ability to identify with sport and its many valuable outputs, the Commonwealth have made a commitment to putting young people at the centre of sustainable development.

  • The 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference, Glasgow August 12th-13th

    'Young people should be central to all levels of decision making in order to maximise the contribution of sport to youth empowerment and development'.

  • CYP Africa Centre leads Lesotho in Strategic Planning process


  • CYP holds 'Young Ambassadors for Positive Living' (YAPL) training


  • Commonwealth Students' Association launches recruitment drive

    "Student leaders have a unique and important role in shaping the future of education in the Commonwealth"

  • Statement on International Youth Day

    Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward

  • Commonwealth trains Pacific youth in human rights

    Young people from four Commonwealth Pacific countries have completed a one week Training of Trainers' course in human rights and democracy.

  • Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka ahead of CHOGM

    Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba will meet with members of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 Task Force in Colombo

  • Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General to visit Zambia

    Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba will visit Zambia from 10 to 13 June 2013.

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Women and energy access: impact on sustainable development and livelihoods

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Eleanor Blomstrom
Eleanor Blomstrom, Program Coordinator, Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO), and Gail Karlsson, Policy Advisor, ENERGIA, The International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

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Policies and investments to increase access to improved energy services provide essential support for economic and social development – and women’s empowerment – as well as environmental benefits and climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency. Currently, biomass fuels (wood and agricultural wastes) are the main sources of energy for over 2.5 billion people in poor countries. Modern fuels, mechanised power and electricity can provide new opportunities for economic and social development, especially for women, whose traditional roles in Africa and Asia often include gathering biomass fuels from the local environment. This work contributes to crushing time and labour burdens for women, while managing smoky indoor fires causes respiratory diseases and other adverse health impacts.