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

November 2, 2019

View the Remembrance Day Ceremony indoors on a large screen, followed by a light lunch at 158 Gloucester St.
 

To honour the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country,  on Monday, November 11, 2019,  we invite you to view the 11:00 a.m. Remembrance Day ceremo...

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 7, 2019

The @CWGC’s Nairobi African Memorial commemorates East African soldiers and carriers who died during #WW1 while serving with British forces throughout the campaigns against Germany’s colonial forces in East Africa. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/TC8y50wAGof #ToTheFourCo...

October 7, 2019

#Commonwealth for kids: diversity, equality, friendship. Check out this Commonwealth website for #children.

http://www.youngcommonwealth.org/

A great resource for parents, teachers and schools to find out more about what we do together to make a #ConnectedCommonwealth.

Fu...

October 5, 2019

Catherine Wang from British Columbia, got to go to Buckingham Palace as the Senior winner in the 2019 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC), which involved over 11,000 submissions.  Read more ...  

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

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.

September 21, 2019

Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities #Düsseldorf & #Victoria b...

September 9, 2019

Visiting the @CWGC’s Thiepval Memorial or Tyne Cot Cemetery between now and November? The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation Interns will be happy to give you a guided tour of either site if you visit between 11am and 4pm. Learn more, here: http://ow.ly/HQHg50uoxWG #CW...

September 9, 2019

Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.

The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise the exemplary work undertaken by young people across the 53...

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