The Commonwealth and Climate Change

COP 26 (COP stands for Conference of the Parties) held in Glasgow has just finished. While some additional agreements were made, and some country plans updated ambitiously, there is a general lack of optimism within civil society and small island states.

In 2021, every country signed up to the Paris Agreement to work together to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Under the Agreement, countries committed to deveop national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions and to update these plans every five years.

Scientists across the world are warning the world is not on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The CNMF over the next few months will be sharing its own plan for nurses and midwives to take a leading role in their country on climate change.

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The Commonwealth is home to 2.6 billion people living in 54 countries - around one third of the global population. The Commonwealth is governed by a charter which promotes mutual support across nations. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unequal impact on countries which make up the Commonwealth.

Currently, 1.1 billion people which represents 40.8% of people across the Commonwealth are partially vaccinated (22.6% of those are fully vaccinated). 1.5 billion or 59.2% are not vaccinated. Vaccination rates vary dramatically with richer countries having higher vaccination rates than poorer countries.

The Commonwealth needs to do better and could have led the world in setting an example for vaccine equity. An opportunity to demonstrate solidarity has been lost.

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25th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members

The CNMF Board has decided that the 25th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members due to be held in 2022 will be an online meeting. This decision was taken due to the ongoing difficulties faced by many Commonwealth countries in relation to COVID-19, vaccination and travel restrictions.

CNMF members and friends will be advised of the proposed date within the next few weeks. Due to the difficulty of time differences, it is likely the Biennial Meeting of Members will be held over a couple of days.
Members will be advised as soon as possible regarding the date and time/s for the meeting.

6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives


The CNMF Board have taken the decision to postpone the 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference which was due to be held in 2022. The CNMF was very fortunate that a successful 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference was able to be held just before country lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still very difficult for CNMF members fom many countries to travel internationally. Additionally, nurses and midwives across the Commonwealth are still needed in their own countries to support the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and care for people still being infected with COVID-19.

The 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference will therefore be postponed until 2024. Information regarding the date, venue and theme for the Conference will be available at the end of 2022.