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

August 2, 2019

On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report.

From the bees that pollinate our crops, to the forests that hold back flood waters, the report reveals how humans are ravaging the very ecosystems that s...

July 28, 2019

One of the understated headlines in last year's IPCC report was that global emissions of carbon dioxide must peak by 2020 in order to keep the planet warming  below 1.5C.

Current plans are nowhere near strong enough to keep temperatures below the so-called safe limit. R...

July 21, 2019

Decades of expanding sea ice in Antarctica have been wiped out by three years of sudden and dramatic declines, leaving scientist puzzled as to why the region has flipped so abruptly, its lowest point in 40 years.

Melting Antarctic sea ice does not add to sea level rise...

April 20, 2019

The Commonwealth #BlueCharter is an agreement by all 53 #Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable #ocean development #ConnectedCommonwealth

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March 16, 2019

On Wednesday 20th March The Duke of Sussex will join schoolchildren from @stvincentsacton as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The @QueensCanopy initiative, together with the @WoodlandTrust.

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February 26, 2019

Small states remain vulnerable to external shocks as a result of their geographic positioning.

Our work puts a special lens on #smallstates and aims to build #resilience and promote inclusive development by addressing issues such as limited global influence and #climate...

January 19, 2019

Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.    Read more

January 15, 2019

If the world is to keep global average temperatures from rising by more than 1.5°C or 2°C it will need to suck carbon dioxide emissions out of the air.

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December 7, 2018

Efforts to protect the #ocean have received a major boost with the announcement that Seychelles will lead a Commonwealth #BlueCharter action group on marine protected areas. #Seychelles is the 12th country to step forward as a #Commonwealth Blue Charter Champion countr...

December 3, 2018

“Governments agreed on the 1.5°C goal in Paris in 2015 and knew exactly—and without any further IPCC assessment—that this would mean deeper mitigation faster,” said Oliver Geden of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. “It hasn’t happened yet.”


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