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  • The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 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 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, 13 March 2017.

  • 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 52 independent and equal sovereign states.

The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty of our members are small states, many of which are island nations.

Our shared values and principles are inscribed in the Commonwealth Charter.

Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.

The last country to join the Commonwealth was Rwanda in 2009. Find out how countries can join the Commonwealth in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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 the United Kingdom in 2018. 

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s structure is split into three areas: Political, Corporate and Economic and Social Development overseen by the Secretary-General’s Office. We work in divisions, units and sections to achieve mandates set by Heads of Government. For more information, download our organogram 

Our Vision

To help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, 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. 

For more information, please contact us.