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The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 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.
 
  • The combined GDP is projected to surpass US$13 trillion in 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.
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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

In honour of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, April 16, 2021, the Royal Commonwealth Society, Mainland BC, produced a...

How should we Mask COVID-19?

Global coronavirus deaths have been falling—but scientists are worried that more infectious new variants of the virus may reverse those...

Happy Holidays - 2020

As we enter the holiday season, the Board of Directors of the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa reflects on the year that was 2020. As a...

Commonwealth Youth Profile - Aniqah Zowmi

Canadian Aniqah Zowmi brings expertise and passion for helping governments and civic organisations embrace equality and diversity and...

The Pandemic must be seen.

If many still see the pandemic as a faraway problem, that’s because they aren’t seeing the pandemic at all, just a number. It’s time to...

Resilience - coping with tough times

The chronic stress of COVID-19 is testing the resilience of our society, economy, and ourselves - social support is really important. ...

COVID-19 vigilance

Clinical trials of four vaccine candidates are showing remarkable promise, with three exceeding 90% efficacy, no safety concerns and one...