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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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The Man Booker Prize 2016 longlist

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Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2016

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New Commonwealth Hub

On June 9th, 2016, the Queen launched the Commonwealth Hub, bringing the main offices of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Royal...

Commonwealth Day Greetings

As Commonwealth Day approaches, it is appropriate for us to remember the Commonwealth theme for 2016: “An Inclusive Commonwealth”. As we...

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President and Membership Secretary Gregory Evanik Past President Linda Gunning VP Education and Communication Basil Crozier VP Policy and...