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.
      Learn More

Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

(select RCSO events for details and to register)

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

January 18, 2019

Artificial intelligence, migration, and a healthier old age, means countries no longer need booming populations to hold their own, and having fewer children is also undoubtedly positive from an environmental point of you.

read more

January 16, 2019

This commentary in the Atlantic points out that, besides their hostility to liberal democracy, the right wing autocrats taking power across the world share one big thing which often goes unrecognized in the US they all want to subordinate women.

Read more

January 1, 2019

As we say goodbye to 2018 here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments of the year from The Queen’s engagements. Happy New Year!

Full Story

Merry Christmas to all!

Find out more about The Royal Family:

“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies – and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied." “Even with the most deeply held dif...

November 20, 2018

The Queen and Prince Philip today celebrate the impressive landmark occasion of their 71st wedding anniversary.

The couple are expected to mark the rare event in a private and low-key fashion.

Their enduring relationship has lasted the longest of any British sovereign, a...

November 3, 2018

@PScotlandCSG has urged bold action to close the persistent economic gap between men and #women and help pave the way to achieving the #SDGs. The Secretary-General was speaking during a high-level panel at the World Investment Forum 2018 in Geneva. #WIF2018

Full Story


October 20, 2018

#TheQueen has been pleased to appoint The Duke of Sussex as a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty with effect from 13th October, 2018.

Full Story


October 12, 2018

Congratulations to Alex of the @MintridgeFDN for being shortlisted in the Grass Roots category for #SWOTY2018. Cast your vote here:  #youthled

Full Story


June 4, 2018

BBC #Countryfile from The Queen's estate at Balmoral tells us that Her Majesty's love of the Scottish Highlands began by spending summers at her mother's family home - Glamis Castle. (picture BBC screenshot)

Full Story


June 4, 2018

Lady Strathmore of Glamis Castle tells Matt Baker of BBC #Countryfile about the happy summers The Queen spent at Glamis Castle

Full Story


Please reload


  • Facebook Long Shadow
  • YouTube Long Shadow
  • Twitter Long Shadow

RCS Ottawa

Basil Crozier - Chair 

© 2020 By Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa  Charity# 119128916RR0001

established 1968