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The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 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.
 
  • The combined GDP is projected to surpass US$13 trillion in 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

Democracy is at its best, when ...

people have the maximum flexibility and time to consider and cast their vote. Ideas like automatic voter registration, standardized voter...

Getting together - virtually

If you must Zoom, get the technical glitches out of the way early. Then, think about how to make the conversation flow. Set up a question...

The Doughnut Economy

Meeting the needs of all within the means of the planet, the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach...

Planning a green urban recovery

City councils are on the frontline of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. 33% of the West Midlands residents said that...

Developing municipal climate action plans

Collaborating across municipal borders can raise ambition and accelerate action. Read more ... Identify and fill data gaps. Climate...

How to build back better with a 15-minute city

In a ‘15-minute city’, everyone is able to meet most, if not all, of their needs within a short walk or bike ride from their home. It...

Donald Trump & Canada: How he changed politics

Worried about the state of democracy in the US? Care about preserving our democracy in Canada? Register for a free online conversation...

Engaging Infrequent and First-Time Voters.  

Session 1 Youth Engagement - From 1:00 - 1:50 EST, Prof. Valerie-Anne Maheo, Université de Laval and Aaron Myran, Future Majority....

Upcoming Commonwealth Virtual Events

Webinar Series: Youth - Taking Charge of our Future Rule of Law - during COVID-19 Blue Charter - collaboration ... Previous events

Why does COVID-19 attract conspiracy theories?

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven particularly conducive for those intent on discerning an insidious plot behind both the emergence of the...

Let's focus on food waste and make a change

A lesson from Sweden - food accounts for almost one third of households' climate impact, and to solve our global climate challenges, it...