The Commonwealth at 70, are its members adhering to the founders principles

On 11th March, 2019 was the Commonwealth Day and celebrations are took place in more than the 53 members States and territories around the world. The theme for 2019 is “A Connected Commonwealth’” which encourages collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment – particularly, with the adoption in 2018 of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, of the ocean which connects so many member countries. Under the Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment there is increased cooperation on trade and investment towards inclusive economic empowerment so that all people, particularly women, youth and marginalized communities, are able to share the fruit of progress and prosperity.  President Museveni’s says the Commonwealth is a very valuable institution where we can trade goods and services, we can exchange tourists, and we can also have business investments.

So many countries including Uganda have been at the forefront of promoting the principles that guides the Association of former British colonies and others such as Cameroon, Malta, Mozambique and Rwanda which joined because of mutual benefits. The Commonwealth has evolved in terms of social, cultural, political and economic in collaboration with other global institutions in helping its people to prosper and benefit from the terms of trade and international cooperation. It has advanced mutual respect and cultural diversity across continents notwithstanding the modern day challenges faced by current and former members like Fiji, Sri-Lanka, Zimbabwe, Cameroon facing Anglophone verse Francophone ideology tearing the country apart, the tension between India and Pakistan and now Uganda and Rwanda the host of the next Commonwealth Summit (CHOGM) 2020.

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards socio- economic development that is inclusive and sustainable. The values and principles around which the 53 member countries and their 2.4 billion people connect are brought together in the Commonwealth Charter 2013. A key contribution of the Commonwealth has been during the World Trade Organization’s negotiations as noted by the Director-General Roberto Azevêdo saying that the support provided by Commonwealth members for the multilateral trading system is hugely important. “Bringing together countries of all sizes, from all continents, this group has a powerful voice,” and the institution will “continue to be a strong and positive voice” in maintaining and strengthening the rules and structures in place today that facilitate global trade.

Over the years, the Commonwealth has been a champion of the global youth movement and key was the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (#9CYMM) held in Kampala, 2017 at which the ministers said they would pursue policies to promote the professionalization of youth work and promote youth and social entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, as well as innovative financing mechanisms, such as youth impact bonds. They agreed to encourage the private sector to “take steps to address the skills gap and provide more apprenticeships and decent entry-level jobs for young people” and to take steps to promote digital literacy and skills training and education among the youth.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Ms. Patricia Scotland says that our future success rests with the contributions of young people in sustaining our values and principles and the goal is to build a consensus on the priorities the leaders must pursue to enable young people to play a positive and active role in promoting development, peace and democracy. Queen Elizabeth says I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” Happy Commonwealth day.

Authored by: Kiapi K. Freddie -Commonwealth Association-Uganda


World Consumer Rights Day 2019

the 2019 World Consumer Rights day will be held on 15th march with a theme “Trusted Smart Products.

Uganda will be commemorating this day with several stakeholders activities throughout the month of much. Updates to follow.

Brief about the theme:

Smart products are connected to the internet and receive, collect and send data. Globally, there are currently 23.1 billion smart products in the world, outnumbering people three to one.

As more people come online across the world and our connection to the internet becomes better and faster, smart products will become more of a day-to-day reality for consumers everywhere, marking a major change in the way many consumers interact with products and services.

The emergence of smart technology brings many opportunities for consumers; access to new services, more responsive products, greater convenience and choice. There are, however, some significant causes for concern: lack of security, privacy and meaningful choice over how we use them, as well as a lack of clarity about who is responsible when things go wrong.

There are also issues around lack of access, with millions of people globally locked out of this new technology by overly high data charges.

#UGCommonwealth will on 15th March, 2019 be running a social media awareness campaign with the #BetterDigitalWorld hashtag.

World Speech Day 2019 #UGSpeech series 2019

15th March 2019 is the World Speech Day that focuses on building a mass of young people to be world class speakers on different theme.

In Uganda #UGCommonwealth will be running the #UGSpeech Series from March-Oct. 2019 targeting upper primary school children. Updates to follow.

see your Country Ambassador to make contact: #UGcommonwealth Email:


2019 #CommonwealthDay

The theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse family of nations to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling co-operation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

Uganda will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth from March 2019-March 2020 with several activities organized by #UGCommonwealth


2019 International Day of Women & Girls in Science celebrated in Uganda in Feb.

This years #IDWGS2019 was celebrated in Mbale at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) on 12th Feb. 2019 graced by the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) with the theme “Investment in women and Girls in Science for inclusive green growth.”

Organized by the CSO Partners in Development-#UGCommonwealth; #NamunsiEmpowermentUganda & #PROVEUganda this was the 2nd edition after the 2018 #IDWGS event. As a norm, the partners are rolling the campaign to mentor young girls in schools  in 10 districts (March 2019-Oct. 2019) to peruse #STEM courses as a precursor to social change in Uganda by 2030. Supported by the Government of Uganda (Uganda National Council of Science & Technology -UNCST)

Pictorial from #UGWomenAndGirlsinScience2019 Celebrations in Mable on 12th Feb. 2019



Important days in March 2018 #CommonwealthUganda


  1. Commonwealth Day 2018 on 12th March; Theme: “Towards a Common Future”
  2. World Speech Day 2018, 15th March;  hosting  #UGSpeechForum series targeting primary schools. Topics include #UN Agenda2030 #VISION2040 #Commonwealth #RoadSafety4Children (March-Oct. 2018)
  3. World Consumer Rights Day 2018-15th March; theme: Making digital marketplaces fairer”

Third UN International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018

Project Title: Third UN International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018

Activity: Financing for Sciences (FfSci) for Women and Girls Symposium 2018

Theme: “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”

Building on our past project under ITU that is, the International Girls in ICT Day celebrations in Uganda that CPAUG in collaboration & support from the GoU –MoICT/NG, WOUGNET and NITA-U launched in April 2012 in Kampala, we are looking at this as a milestone in promoting #UGWomenAndGirlsinScience campaign in 2018 in tandem with the NDPII, VISION2040 & the UN Agenda 2030 and the SDGs enshrined therein (May 2018-Feb 2019) with series of educational outreaches around the country targeting the girl child (primary & secondary schools, tertiary institutions & universities).  Campaign launch April & symposium May 2018.


The purpose of this Forum is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest
spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move equality and parity in science for sustainable development into the mainstream discourse. It is anticipated that this will spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the 2030 Development Agenda process and other declarations and Outcome Documents of other UN fora.

Proposed partners in Uganda:

ACODE, MUK-College of Gender Studies, UNATU, The Office of the First Lady, Republic of Uganda, Ministry of Science & Technology and Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers; UN Women, UNDP Uganda, UNFPA, MoES, MGLSD, KCCA, UNRA, NWSC, UMEME Uganda, MoWT, MEMD, ERA, UCC, UETCL, UEGCL, UEDCL, Eskom Uganda, Total Uganda, New Vision Group, MAAIF/NAADS, CNOOC Uganda Limited,

For further information, please do contact:

Attn: Kiapi K. Frederick

Executive Director

Commonwealth Association-Uganda

 C/o P. O. Box 10358 Kampala

Plot 87 Bukoto Street, Kamowkya, Oasis House Opp. UTGA 116

Tel: 256 414 577 017/256 776 642 494