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

Women mediators and peacebuilders welcomed The Countess of Wessex to their discussions earlier this week. HRH joined the "Women Mediators across the Commonwealth" network, as part of her ongoing work in the #WomenPeaceSecurity arena.

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Merry Christmas to all!

Find out more about The Royal Family:

“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies – and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied." “Even with the most deeply held dif...

Watch The Choir of St George’s Chapel sing ‘Carol of the Bells' in the Nave of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. #Christmas #Windsor

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We champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to change the world.

We share their stories, give them a platform to amplify their ideas, and inspire others to join in.

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Tonight's @BBCOne documentary 'The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story' explores the fascinating history of Her Majesty's relationship with the family of nations which she has led for over 60 years.

The Princess Royal talks about The Queen's role in a male dominated world, an...

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