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  • The Commonwealth is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30.

  • Leaders of Commonwealth member countries meet every two years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.

  • Thirty-one Commonwealth member countries are considered small states, many of them island nations.

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday of March every year. The next Commonwealth Day will be held on Monday, 14 March 2016.

  • The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia between 4 to 15 April 2018.

About us

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens, of which over 60% are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.

Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter

The Commonwealth Secretariat

The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.

Priority areas of work are agreed at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, which occur every two years. The next summit is in Malta in 2015.

Our Vision

To help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes quality, diversity and shared values. 

Our Mission

We support member governments, and partner with the broader Commonwealth family and others, to improve the well-being of all Commonwealth citizens and to advance their shared interests globally. 

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