The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to approximately 2.4 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 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
To help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values.
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.