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

December 1, 2019

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open! #QECS give talented students from the #Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master's Degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country and building their global networks...

October 7, 2019

#Commonwealth for kids: diversity, equality, friendship. Check out this Commonwealth website for #children.

A great resource for parents, teachers and schools to find out more about what we do together to make a #ConnectedCommonwealth.


June 29, 2019

70 participants at the #Commonwealth Symposium on Climate Finance supported a proposal to scale the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (#CommonwealthCFAH) from 10 to 39 developing #smallstates. Hear from #Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga on the hub's importance


May 25, 2019

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open for applications! Discover opportunities to study a Master’s in various subjects in these #Commonwealth countries: #Fiji #PapuaNewGuinea #SouthAfrica #Srilanka

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April 20, 2019

The Commonwealth #BlueCharter is an agreement by all 53 #Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable #ocean development #ConnectedCommonwealth

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March 24, 2019

The #Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states, compromising of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. Learn more about our history with our interactive timeline, available on our website 

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March 8, 2019

The #Commonwealth Secretariat works to advance #genderequality, #women’s rights and #womensempowerment in all social, economic and political spheres.

Discover more about the Secretariat's work on #IWD19

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February 26, 2019

Small states remain vulnerable to external shocks as a result of their geographic positioning.

Our work puts a special lens on #smallstates and aims to build #resilience and promote inclusive development by addressing issues such as limited global influence and #climate...

January 26, 2019

Building, supporting and strengthening legal systems in our member countries is a key aim of the #Commonwealth.

Find out how the Commonwealth is promoting #democracy in member countries in our #CommonwealthExperts series.


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January 4, 2019

Cybersecurity is an important and expanding area of work for the #Commonwealth. There are currently four cyber projects in the works to help member countries implement the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration adopted at #CHOGM2018. Find out more in our #blog

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