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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October 7, 2019

The @CWGC’s Nairobi African Memorial commemorates East African soldiers and carriers who died during #WW1 while serving with British forces throughout the campaigns against Germany’s colonial forces in East Africa. Learn more here: #ToTheFourCo...

September 9, 2019

Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.

The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise the exemplary work undertaken by young people across the 53...

August 12, 2019

The Queen’s representative in New Brunswick, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau died this week after her battle with cancer. She was the first Acadian to hold the post & Parliament Hill’s flag will remain at half-mast until her funeral. #cdnpoli #cdncrown #nbpol...

July 16, 2019

Ifrah's desire to defy stereotypes led her to pursue a career in the Pakistan Air Force and become the first female paratrooper for the GDP branch
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June 29, 2019

#HolyroodWeek2019 begins tomorrow! The Queen will undertake a week-long programme of engagements, meeting Scots from across the country. Watch our video for more.

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June 29, 2019

70 participants at the #Commonwealth Symposium on Climate Finance supported a proposal to scale the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (#CommonwealthCFAH) from 10 to 39 developing #smallstates. Hear from #Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga on the hub's importance


June 20, 2019

To all the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and reservists, cadets and charities: thank you. #SaluteOurForces

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It gives me great pleasure to invite you on behalf of Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council to a Public Lecture on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Room 303 Patterson Hall, Carleton University. The Lecture entitled Jai Jagat will be delivered by Ms. Jill Carr-Harris of Ekt...

June 8, 2019

Today we celebrate The Queen's official birthday. To mark the occasion, over 1,400 parading soldiers, horses and musicians come together in a remarkable display of pageantry. Join us in wishing Her Majesty, Patron of QCT, a very special day! #TroopingTheColour @RoyalFa...

May 25, 2019

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open for applications! Discover opportunities to study a Master’s in various subjects in these #Commonwealth countries: #Fiji #PapuaNewGuinea #SouthAfrica #Srilanka

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