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 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...

Since 1973, RCS Ottawa has run a week-long leadership program to engage and empower youth as "Global Citizens".  Learn from subject matter experts and have a voice on current issues. Meet Commonwealth High Commissioners. Learn about diplomacy through a mock Commonwealt...

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 1, 2019

The use of social media to distribute disinformation has opened up vast social divisions and brought democracy to its knees.  What has happened in Taiwan since the Sunflower Student Movement is an attempt at reinventing democracy itself.  

Using the internet t...

November 27, 2019

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, a competition which has been administered by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, each year draws submissions from the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.  Participants range in age from 13 years old to 18 years old....

October 30, 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 ...  

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