The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.4 billion is almost a third of the global population.
 
  • Trade between Commonwealth countries is projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.
  • Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries for gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth countries, according to World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
  • Five of the best performing 15 countries in the Youth Development Index are Commonwealth members.
  • Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
      Learn More

Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

(select RCSO events for details and to register)

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

January 13, 2020

THE Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) – Barbados Branch recognises the role which youth must play within our society and seeks to give prominence to the voices of youth, via its programmes.

Kaye Williams, Chair of the RCS Barbados Branch, noted the above as she delivered...

January 13, 2020

FOR many, yesterday marked the 12th day of Christmas signalling to all that festive decorations would have to be taken down. However, in some stores there remained some remnants of the Yuletide season.

When a team from The Barbados Advocate visited Bridgetown, two “floa...

January 6, 2020

The world’s most iconic fast food chicken chain this week (Jan. 6) announced the release of a new vegan chicken sandwich across the some 900 locations it operates in the United Kingdom. 

 If it performs well, KFC may begin testing a sandwich in other markets, including...

December 31, 2019

Democracy may be receding somewhat in practice, but it is still globally ascendant in peoples’ values and aspirations.

Despite the Europe-wide nature of this trend, most explanations of the left’s problems focus on idiosyncratic region-specific factors. For example, man...

December 30, 2019

In New York City, 1.5 million packages are delivered daily to people’s doorsteps—three times as many as in the beginning of the decade.  George Washington Bridge, the main thoroughfare for delivery trucks, has become the most congested route in the country.  From Amste...

December 29, 2019

Insurers have warned that climate change could make coverage for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires.

The knock-on effects from rising premiums could pose...

December 29, 2019

Democratic breakdowns almost always come in one of two, very different forms: executive takeovers and military coups.

The rise in executive takeovers presents several challenges for our understanding of democratic stability. The first stems from the fact that, unlike mi...

December 28, 2019

When you want to push back against hate online, you should assume that the person didn’t mean to be hurtful. Don’t criticize or blame them.

Even if you think that they are trying to be hurtful, it doesn’t help to get angry at them.

Talk about the message instead: why it’...

December 25, 2019

In 2019, HRH's call for unity, continued to share the message that urges Commonwealth & global citizens to take small steps in "the true spirit of reconciliation" - "By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and...

December 17, 2019

World Economic Forum has just launched the Africa Growth Platform, an initiative aimed at helping startup enterprises grow and compete internationally. With early-stage entrepreneurial activity 13% higher than the global average, Africa is well placed to get startups o...

Please reload

FOLLOW US

  • Facebook Long Shadow
  • YouTube Long Shadow
  • Twitter Long Shadow

RCS Ottawa

Basil Crozier - Chair

Chair@rcs-ottawa.ca 

© 2020 By Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa  Charity# 119128916RR0001

established 1968