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. Key organisations include:
Commonwealth Secretariat – supporting member states
Commonwealth Foundation – supporting civil society
Commonwealth of Learning – promoting education and distance learning
Commonwealth Games Federation – promoting sports development
Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter.