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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Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

(select RCSO events for details and to register)

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

Since 1973, RCS Ottawa has run a week-long leadership program to engage and empower youth as "Global Citizens".  Learn from subject matter experts and have a voice on current issues. Meet Commonwealth High Commissioners. Learn about diplomacy through a mock Commonwealt...

February 9, 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently based in Canada, but their official royal duties haven't concluded just yet.

According to The Sunday Times, "The couple are to bring Archie back to Britain for a final round of royal duties after enjoying a big payday,"...

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...

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...

November 27, 2019

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, a competition which has been administered by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, each year draws submissions from the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.  Participants range in age from 13 years old to 18 years old....

October 16, 2019

The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). 

Taking place in Rwanda next June, the Youth Forum will bring together 1,000 youth lea...

October 7, 2019

The @CWGC’s Nairobi African Memorial commemorates East African soldiers and carriers who died during #WW1 while serving with British forces throughout the campaigns against Germany’s colonial forces in East Africa. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/TC8y50wAGof #ToTheFourCo...

October 7, 2019

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

http://www.youngcommonwealth.org/

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

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