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

December 3, 2018

Young leaders of tomorrow will build leadership skills, while discussing and learning about international affairs and the Commonwealth. The program will include an amazing Commonwealth race through the streets of Ottawa, team-building, a cultural evening, and opportuni...

A one-week youth leadership program.  Acquire the tools you need to become a future leader and agent of change in your community.  Debate youth issues in the Senate, BBQ on the Hill with MPs, learn from subject matter experts, meet Commonwealth High Commissions, repres...

April 13, 2018

On Monday, April 9th, Her Excellency hosted members of the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa and National Student Commonwealth Forum alumni at Earnscliffe, the official residence of The British High Commissioner.

For more information about Her Majesty's Big Commonwealth...

May 5, 2017

Have you ever thought that youth can be more engaged and empowered?

The 45th National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF) is nearing its end. It is a week-long leadership and education program where Canadian youth consider and voice opinions on current issues facing Canad...

June 19, 2016

Each May, over one hundred Canadian youth travel to, the nation's capital, to attend the National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF) a week-long leadership program created by the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa Branch, over 40 years ago. -Learn more about National Stu...

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