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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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

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

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

October 1, 2019

Works to educate and engage Canadian youth about democracy and getting the vote out.  It has resources on: Disinformation; Abacus data on youth and democracy; and civics 101.

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

There’s a closed network of about 1,000 clusters, worldwide, online, across all platforms, propagating global hate of all flavors.  Read the 4 policy proposals to address them.  Read more ...

August 30, 2019

Further to the European Commission high-level group report on misinformation, here's where governments are taking action against online misinformation.  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...

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...

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