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

December 1, 2019

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open! #QECS give talented students from the #Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master's Degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country and building their global networks...

Women mediators and peacebuilders welcomed The Countess of Wessex to their discussions earlier this week. HRH joined the "Women Mediators across the Commonwealth" network, as part of her ongoing work in the #WomenPeaceSecurity arena.

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October 7, 2019

#Commonwealth for kids: diversity, equality, friendship. Check out this Commonwealth website for #children.

A great resource for parents, teachers and schools to find out more about what we do together to make a #ConnectedCommonwealth.


September 11, 2019

September 5, 2019 – The Commonwealth Secretariat

New funding from the Government of Canada will help protect marine health and promote good ocean governance, aligned with the Commonwealth Blue Charter’s action group on ocean observation.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is...

September 9, 2019

Visiting the @CWGC’s Thiepval Memorial or Tyne Cot Cemetery between now and November? The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation Interns will be happy to give you a guided tour of either site if you visit between 11am and 4pm. Learn more, here: #CW...

August 30, 2019

In 2017 Tanzania’s anti-plastic initiative to “protect the youth and environment,” banned the manufacture of plastic bags and in-country distribution. 

As of June visitors to the country will have to leave their plastic bags at the port of entry.  Tanzania aim...

August 12, 2019

The #Commonwealth will assist the East African Community (#EAC) in implementing the authorised economic operator programme, which will offer easier customs clearance for exporters in the region.

Learn more about the new project #CommonwealthTrade

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May 25, 2019

Two weeks today, 6 June, will see the 75th Anniversary of D-Day being marked. The @CWGC is working with @PoppyLegion, the UK Government and other key stakeholders on a series of commemorations in Portsmouth and Normandy. Learn more, here:  #DDa...

April 26, 2019

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth – a network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, since 1952.

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April 20, 2019

In 2018, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust were proud to launch a partnership in the #UK and #Canada with @WEMovement, supporting projects developed by young people to enable them to deliver greater impact in their local communities.

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