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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Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

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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September 21, 2019

Pleased to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to Kenya today

Her Royal Highness will participate in the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Nairobi, as part of a visit focussed on gender equality, preventing sexual violence in conflict, & girls’ educa...

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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July 12, 2019

Will anyone support my appeal for @10DowningStreet

to advise The Queen to grant #DameVeraLynn top Grade of Order of the BritishEmpire - It might seem nowt but as France honours our veterans before it’s too late, this woman’s presence & voice motivated generations to fig...

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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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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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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