The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:
- promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
- representing the Commonwealth publicly
- the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The Secretary-General is nominated by Commonwealth leaders and can serve a maximum of two terms of four years each.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the current Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Former Commonwealth Secretaries-General
- Kamalesh Sharma of India (2008-2016)
- Don McKinnon of New Zealand (2000-2008)
- Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria (1990-2000)
- Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’ Ramphal of Guyana (1975-1990)
- Arnold Smith of Canada (1965-1975)
To help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values.
We support member governments, and partner with the broader Commonwealth family and others, to improve the well-being of all Commonwealth citizens and to advance their shared interests globally.