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

February 17, 2020

Improper waste management leads to the decomposition of organic waste in landfills producing a gas which is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.  Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its global warmi...

February 17, 2020

Concerns about health and climate, rather than animal welfare, appear to be behind the trend.

If Google searches are any guide, interest in the plant-based diet has surged in recent years across much of the rich world. Since 2015, searches for “veganism” have doubled in...

February 16, 2020

Facebook's founding president, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought process was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’"

Tech companies understand what causes dopam...

February 9, 2020

The report, 'Faith responses to modern slavery’ argues that there is no one ‘Christian response’ to modern slavery, the picture is complex. A mapping of anti-modern slavery organisations and parliamentary debates reveals that faith actors and faith-based organisations...

February 9, 2020

The Queen paid off a man’s mortgage after he helped save Princess Anne’s life in a kidnapping attempt 46 years ago.

Speaking for the first time, Ronnie Russell, now 72-years-old, tackled gunman Ian Ball after he shot four people and held the Princess Royal at gunpoint.

I...

January 6, 2020

The world’s most iconic fast food chicken chain this week (Jan. 6) announced the release of a new vegan chicken sandwich across the some 900 locations it operates in the United Kingdom. 

 If it performs well, KFC may begin testing a sandwich in other markets, including...

December 31, 2019

Democracy may be receding somewhat in practice, but it is still globally ascendant in peoples’ values and aspirations.

Despite the Europe-wide nature of this trend, most explanations of the left’s problems focus on idiosyncratic region-specific factors. For example, man...

December 29, 2019

Insurers have warned that climate change could make coverage for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires.

The knock-on effects from rising premiums could pose...

December 28, 2019

When you want to push back against hate online, you should assume that the person didn’t mean to be hurtful. Don’t criticize or blame them.

Even if you think that they are trying to be hurtful, it doesn’t help to get angry at them.

Talk about the message instead: why it’...

December 25, 2019

In 2019, HRH's call for unity, continued to share the message that urges Commonwealth & global citizens to take small steps in "the true spirit of reconciliation" - "By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and...

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