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)

(select RCSO events for details and to register)

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

January 13, 2020

THE Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) – Barbados Branch recognises the role which youth must play within our society and seeks to give prominence to the voices of youth, via its programmes.

Kaye Williams, Chair of the RCS Barbados Branch, noted the above as she delivered...

December 1, 2019

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open! #QECS give talented students from the #Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master's Degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country and building their global networks...

October 7, 2019

#Commonwealth for kids: diversity, equality, friendship. Check out this Commonwealth website for #children.

A great resource for parents, teachers and schools to find out more about what we do together to make a #ConnectedCommonwealth.


September 21, 2019

Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities #Düsseldorf & #Victoria b...

September 9, 2019

Visiting the @CWGC’s Thiepval Memorial or Tyne Cot Cemetery between now and November? The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation Interns will be happy to give you a guided tour of either site if you visit between 11am and 4pm. Learn more, here: #CW...

September 9, 2019

This idea a teenager can’t possibly know what they are doing is so patronising.

Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein aged 18.

Joan of Arc led the French army to victory at 17.

Anne Frank wrote her diaries before she was 15.

Oh, and Mozart wrote a symphony when he was eig...

August 12, 2019

The latest @CWGC podcast episode is live! Continuing our journey through Normandy we explore some of the cemeteries that tell the story of the battles after D-Day - discovering more about those buried in them. Listen to it here:  #LegacyOfLiber...

July 24, 2019

Congratulations to Gary Crosby - this year’s winner of The Queen’s Medal for Music and the first jazz musician to be awarded the honour. As well as being a composer and double-bassist, he is also co-founder of @Tom_Warriors, which champions emerging new jazz artists.


June 8, 2019

In our latest blog #CWGFintern @abi_eagles writes about her Great-Grandfather’s experiences during the Second World War and in Normandy, and how her internship with the Commission has helped her find out more about his past. Read it here:  #CWG...

May 25, 2019

Two weeks today, 6 June, will see the 75th Anniversary of D-Day being marked. The @CWGC is working with @PoppyLegion, the UK Government and other key stakeholders on a series of commemorations in Portsmouth and Normandy. Learn more, here:  #DDa...

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