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.
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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

July 12, 2019

Will anyone support my appeal for @10DowningStreet

to advise The Queen to grant #DameVeraLynn top Grade of Order of the BritishEmpire - It might seem nowt but as France honours our veterans before it’s too late, this woman’s presence & voice motivated generations to fig...

June 16, 2018

Today is 74th anniversary of #DDayRemembered - our freedom & values now result from the courage shown by brave & determined warriors on 6 June 1944 #THANKSTOALLOFTHEM Last year, I went with Monty’s Division to mark this date @3rdUKDivision @BritishArmy @RoyalNavy @Roya...

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