The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries.
It is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these 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.
The Commonwealth’s guiding principles are in its Charter.
Commonwealth policies are shaped by member countries, who have an equal say on decisions affecting them. Commonwealth organisations put these decisions and plans into action.
Heads of Government from Commonwealth member countries mark Commonwealth Day and its theme #TeamCommonwealth
The Third Biennial Conference on Small States takes place from 26 to 27 March 2014 on the Caribbean island of St Lucia
The first-ever Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum is taking place in London at which an agreement is expected on a strategy for advancing broadband across the 53-country membership.