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Helen Clark

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, stresses that keeping women’s equality and empowerment at the centre of development efforts will give the world its best chance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Michael W Doyle and Joseph E Stiglitz

Eliminating Extreme Inequality

Political scientist Michael W Doyle and economist Joseph E Stiglitz argue that sustainable development cannot be achieved while ignoring extreme disparities. It is imperative that the post-MDG agenda focus on inequality.

Dr Sue Onslow

Nelson Mandela Left His Mark on the Commonwealth

Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Associate of the LSE IDEAS Africa Programme, reflects on the impact Nelson Mandela had on the Commonwealth.

HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

Gender and Equality in the Commonwealth

The President of Malta, HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, encourages states to celebrate diversity and prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the Commonwealth.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Realising Women’s Rights in the Commonwealth

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women discusses the critical issue of gender equality and women’s rights, reflecting on progress so far and looking ahead at the challenges that remain.

Helen Jones MBE

Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth

Helen Jones MBE, Director of Youth Affairs and Education Programmes at The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), explores the role of education in preventing child marriage and highlights the part played by the RCS and its partners in building momentum to get the issue onto the agenda of the formal Commonwealth.

Alicia Bárcena

Equality at the Centre of Sustainable Development

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC or CEPAL), argues that economic growth must be inclusive and explains how inequality is being magnified in countries vulnerable to climate change. She proposes a strategy of debt for climate adaptation swaps to engineer much needed economic growth in the Caribbean.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Placing Women at the Centre of Peace-Building

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, explores the recent shifts in the international peace and security landscape from a gender perspective, and makes recommendations for Commonwealth nations working to implement the women, peace and security agenda.