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

November 2, 2019

The fourth industrial revolution has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide unprecedented levels of insight and data to mitigate climate change. But without proper consideration mass automation could be bad news, increasing consumpti...

November 2, 2019

The DFO report notes that an unusually warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean — called the “blob” — that persisted from 2013 to 2017 also coincided with a strong El Nino event in 2015, leading to the warmest temperatures for the Northern Pacific Ocean on record.

The p...

November 2, 2019

Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world's second largest industrial source of carbon dioxide.  A Canadian startup has invented a new system for making concrete that actually traps CO2 emissions forever and at the same t...

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 4, 2019

Rwanda will host the next CHOGM starting June 22.  The theme is  ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT and Innovation, Youth, Environment, and Trade....

October 1, 2019

Redesigning economic models for sustainable development.  View World Economic Forum video ...

October 1, 2019

The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed.  View World Economic Forum video ...

October 1, 2019

This article discusses how neoliberalism policies have hamstrung our ability to put a check on corporate power and plan our collective welfare.  Read more ...

August 30, 2019


A conversation with an MIT professor about having an impact on climate change.  "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment".  Read more ... 

August 30, 2019

Unfortunately that is not the case today for most brands.

GDI estimate that ad exchanges pay US$235 million each year to disinformation domains for carrying brands’ advertising (as highlighted recently on the BBC and CNN).   Partly because until September there has been...

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