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The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 56 independent nations that work together to pursue common goals which promote democracy, prosperity, and peace, aided by more than 80 Commonwealth organizations. Our combined population of 2.6 billion is a third of the global population.
  • The combined GDP is almost CDN$17 trillion.
  • 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)

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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

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...

August 1 - Emancipation Day

August 1st, 1834 was the date upon which chattel slavery ended throughout the British Empire, including Canada, through the Slavery...

Coronavirus research updates

Nature Research provides a summary of key papers as they appear: Virus rips through Israeli school after masking is suspended. Severely...

Urban Mobility trends

As we deal with COVID-19 and social distancing, personal mobility is key to getting outside. Have you noticed that many bike stores are...

What does COVID-19 mean for global warming?

Despite the increasingly clear benefits of clean energy systems, including reduced emissions and continuously falling costs, the pace of...

Our planet's mass extinctions

Geological Survey of Canada shows that the first mass extinction on earth was due to global warming caused by widespread volcanic...

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