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

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 26, 2019

Canada wishes a very Happy 93rd Birthday to our Queen! Elizabeth II became Queen of Canada in 1952 at age 25. #cdncrown #cdnpoli #cdnhist #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty

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April 20, 2019

On this day in 1982, Canada’s Constitution proclamation was signed by The Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II, in Ottawa - patriating the Constitution and enacting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. #cdnpoli #cdnhist #cdncrown

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April 12, 2019

Taha Khan founded @ChildAwarePro after initially launching ‘Search for Thamana’ to find a missing 5-year-old. After locating Thamana 8 days later, Taha felt #empowered to create a platform to trace and find other missing children.

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March 8, 2019

The #Commonwealth Secretariat works to advance #genderequality, #women’s rights and #womensempowerment in all social, economic and political spheres.

Discover more about the Secretariat's work on #IWD19

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March 2, 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the Science Museum in London on 7th March to announce its summer exhibition, "Top Secret", and unveil a new space for supporters, to be known as the Smith Centre.

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February 26, 2019

Incredible work from @KidsVplastic - this is amazing!

65,890 pieces of single-use plastic picked up to-date.

It's been abt 3 years getting to this far but still we aim for 100,000.

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February 26, 2019

Today The Queen marked the 100th anniversary of the granting of the “Royal” prefix to The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department — where she met artist Harry Parker, whose designs were used for @WeAreInvictus medals awarded at the #InvictusGames.

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February 9, 2019

As Elizabeth II marks 67 years as Queen tomorrow, did you know that her 1953 Coronation Dress included embroidered green maple leaves with gold stitches to represent that she is The Queen of Canada? #cdncrown #cdnpoli #cdnhist

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February 2, 2019

Get applying for the brilliant Queen Elizabeth #Commonwealth Scholarships now! #Education #YouthPower #Scholarship

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