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)

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April 3, 2018

Royal Events

1st  -  Easter 

4th-15th Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia

16th - 18th  Commonwealth Forums in UK

19th -20th  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in UK

21st UK - "Queen's Birthday Party" concert 


Her Majesty's commitment to the #Commonwealth, evident throughout her reign, shows no sign of diminishing, as Ian Lloyd explains in our April issue:

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March 28, 2018

As the part of the #AnglicanCommunion we’re connected with our brothers and sisters across the #Commonwealth. It was great to celebrate this with a #CommonwealthBigLunch ahead of @Commonwealth18! Find out how to organise your own: 

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March 28, 2018

Celebrate being part of the #Commonwealth - why not host a #CommonwealthBigLunch! For more information, visit:  #OurCommonwealth @Commonwealth18

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March 28, 2018

Congratulations to Sean Gaffney who is representing Wales @GC2018 Commonwealth Games!

Find out more about his incredible journey here. Full Story

“The Coronation” will air TONIGHT, Monday, March 26th, in Canada on @CBC at 8pm. The hour program is a conversation with The Queen as she recalls her Coronation Day -- accompanied by the Crown Jewels. #cdnpoli #cdnhist #cdncrown Full Story

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...

• An online time capsule made up of content generated by young people around the Commonwealth and covering each day of the last 60 years.
• An engaging project to involve schools in history and culture, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, the yea...

March 21, 2018

Hosted by Peter Meincke. Watch here for more information.

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