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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, equality, and sustainable development. Our combined population of 2.6 billion is a third of the global population.
 
  • The combined GDP is US$12.6 trillion in 2022.
  • 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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Polarization versus Democracy

Democratic breakdowns almost always come in one of two, very different forms: executive takeovers and military coups. The rise in...

TIP 1 - Pushing back against hate online

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...

Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message

In 2019, HRH's call for unity, continued to share the message that urges Commonwealth & global citizens to take small steps in "the true...

Big Tech goes to Africa

The visit of Twitter founder/chief executive Jack Dorsey to Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia last month seemed like a watershed moment when it...

Making Democracy Work Again

The use of social media to distribute disinformation has opened up vast social divisions and brought democracy to its knees. What has...

Global warming causing Pacific salmon decline

The DFO report notes that an unusually warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean — called the “blob” — that persisted from 2013 to 2017...

Concrete and CO2 emission innovation

Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world's second largest industrial source of carbon...

Commonwealth website for #children

#Commonwealth for kids: diversity, equality, friendship. Check out this Commonwealth website for #children. http://www.youngcommonwealth....