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Commonwealth & the Environment - Fast Facts
The Commonwealth is made up of 52 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.2 billion is almost a third of the global population. Almost 60% of our population is under the age of 30.
The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced and developing economies. It encompasses Africa (18 countries), Asia (8), the Caribbean and Americas (13), Europe (3), and the Pacific (11).
Thirty-one of our members are small states, usually with a population under 1.5 million and 25 members are small island developing states.
The Pacific nation of Nauru is the smallest Commonwealth member country with a population of about 10,000.
Many small developing Commonwealth countries are among those with the lowest ecological footprints worldwide, yet the most vulnerable to climate change.