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 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 ...

September 11, 2019

September 5, 2019 – The Commonwealth Secretariat

New funding from the Government of Canada will help protect marine health and promote good ocean governance, aligned with the Commonwealth Blue Charter’s action group on ocean observation.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is...

August 30, 2019

If you are concerned about climate and environmental action, this is a non-partisan summary of the climate and environmental action promises and platforms of the five major political parties in Canada, and see how they effect our emissions.  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

Ghana may be the world’s fastest-growing economy this year, but its biggest city, Accra, is struggling to get on top of its garbage problem. 

Ghana’s cities have a sanitation problem, poor sanitation costs the country $290 million annually and a good proportion of the w...

August 30, 2019

Burning plastics releases poisonous gases that threaten the health of vegetation, humans, and animals.  About 12 per cent of most municipal solid waste is made up of plastic of one kind or another, and 40 per cent of the world’s garbage is burned, according to a the st...

August 30, 2019

In 2017 Tanzania’s anti-plastic initiative to “protect the youth and environment,” banned the manufacture of plastic bags and in-country distribution. 

As of June visitors to the country will have to leave their plastic bags at the port of entry.  Tanzania aim...

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