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

August 10, 2016

How health and education policies can end the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) will be the big question on the Commonwealth’s Health and Education online hubs this month.

Beginning this week, the online discussion examines the deep-rooted causes of the age-old...

July 7, 2016

Over the past decade, China with its growing new consumer class has represented an exciting and vast new marketing opportunity for luxury products. Leading global luxury brands have certainly capitalized on the opportunity, but make no mistake, they are already looking...

June 19, 2016

According to UNICEF, sub-Saharan Africa will be home to the highest number of child brides in the world by 2050, surpassing South Asia.  But ending the practice of child marriage may be easier and cheaper than previously thought. Learn More about the Results of a 3 yea...

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