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Commonwealth Declarations

The 1949 London Declaration marked the moment when an empire was transformed into a mutually supporting family of nations and peoples. Like so many Commonwealth declarations it was brief yet visionary and brought into being the Commonwealth as we know it today. Such dynamism combined with continuity has provided the basis and set the tone for the many pioneering and transformational developments that followed as these declarations brought together here bear witness.

'Far more than mere words, these declarations are the song sheets of the Commonwealth, enabling our nations to sing to the same tune as we continue to dance in new ways to the ever-changing music of time'. - Commonwealth Secretary-General
 Commonwealth Declarations Booklet | PDF

 

Declaration signed by the five Prime Ministers
1944, London, UK

A statement declaring that after the Second World War, a worldwide organisation to maintain peace and security should be set up with the power and authority to prevent aggression and violence. VIEW
  Declaration signed by the five Prime Ministers | PDF

 

London Declaration
1949, London, UK

The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the signing of the London Declaration on 26 April, 1949. It assessed the impact of impending constitutional changes in India on the structure of the Commonwealth and the constitutional relations between its members. VIEW
  London Declaration | PDF

 

Declaration by Commonwealth Prime Ministers
1951, London, UK

A recognition that the peace and prosperity of the free world could not be assured while millions live in poverty. VIEW
   Declaration by Commonwealth Prime Ministers | PDF

 

Declaration of Commonwealth Principles
1971, Singapore

Proclaimed that expanded human understanding and understanding among nations, assist in the elimination of discrimination based on differences of race, colour or creed. VIEW
  Declaration of Commonwealth Principles | PDF

 

Lusaka Declaration on Racism and Racial Prejudice
1979, Lusaka, Zambia

Pronouncement on the achievement of equal rights for all citizens regardless of race, colour, sex, creed or political belief, and the commitment to the eradication of the dangerous evils of racism and racial prejudice. VIEW
  Lusaka Declaration on Racism and Racial Prejudice | PDF

 

Melbourne Declaration
1981, Melbourne, Australia

An assertion of the Commonwealth’s principles of economic justice in that the gross inequality of wealth and opportunity are fundamental sources of tension and instability in the world. VIEW
  Melbourne Declaration | PDF

 

Goa Declaration on International Security
1983, New Delhi, India

Avowed the promotion of peace, disarmament and the resolution of disputes through negotiation in contradistinction to the readiness of nations to resort to the illegal use of force. VIEW
  Goa Declaration on International Security | PDF

 

Nassau Declaration on World Order
1985, Nassau, The Bahamas

Recognition of the United Nations as the central instrument of international co-operation for development, peace and collective security. VIEW
  Nassau Declaration on World Order | PDF

 

Vancouver Declaration on World Trade
1987, Vancouver, Canada

A call to develop a more open, viable and durable multilateral trading system to promote growth and development in the face of concern about rising global protectionist pressures. VIEW
  Vancouver Declaration on World Trade | PDF

 

Langkawi Declaration on the Environment
1989, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Commitment to achieving sustainable economic development through collective and national action whilst confronting critical environmental problems. VIEW
  Langkawi Declaration on the Environment | PDF

 

Harare Declaration
1991, Harare, Zimbabwe

Charting a course to take the Commonwealth into the next century which included a ten point pledge listing areas for priority action. VIEW
  Harare Declaration | PDF

 

Ottawa Declaration on Women and Structural Adjustment
1991, Ottawa, Canada

Endorsing a broader approach to economic adjustment to include an emphasis on social equity and economic growth as well as efficiency; full integration of women into the decision-making processes; and a supportive international environment. VIEW
  Ottawa Declaration on Women and Structural Adjustment | PDF

 

Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme on the Harare Declaration
1995, Auckland, New Zealand

Adoption of a Commonwealth action programme to fulfil more effectively the commitments contained in the Harare Declaration. VIEW
 Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme on the Harare Declaration | PDF

 

Edinburgh Economic Declaration
1997, Edinburgh, UK

Advocated that special measures were needed to help the integration of countries, especially small states and least developed countries to address uneven development. VIEW
  Edinburgh Economic Declaration | PDF

 

Fancourt Declaration on Globalisation and People-Centred Development
1999, Durban, South Africa

Declaration on channelling the forces of globalisation for the elimination of poverty and the empowerment of human beings. VIEW
  Fancourt Declaration on Globalisation and People-Centred Development | PDF

 

Coolum Declaration on the Commonwealth in the 21st Century: Continuity and Renewal
2002, Coolum, Australia

A renewal of commitment to the values and principles shared by Commonwealth countries in the 21st century. VIEW
  Coolum Declaration on the Commonwealth in the 21st Century: Continuity and Renewal | PDF

 

Aso Rock Declaration on Development and Democracy: Partnership for Peace and Prosperity
2003, Abuja, Nigeria

A commitment to strengthen development and democracy, through partnership for peace and prosperity. VIEW
  Aso Rock Declaration on Development and Democracy: Partnership for Peace and Prosperity | PDF

 

Malta Declaration on Networking the Commonwealth for Development
2005, Valetta, Malta

A proclamation that shared values, institutions and conventions provide a platform on which to build and consolidate the foundations of democracy in our societies as well as to redress social and economic disparities. VIEW
  Malta Declaration on Networking the Commonwealth for Development | PDF

 

Kampala Declaration on Transforming Societies to Achieve Political, Economic and Human Development
2007, Kampala, Uganda

A reaffirmation of the Commonwealth’s commitment to transforming societies to achieve political, economic and human development. VIEW
  Kampala Declaration on Transforming Societies to Achieve Political, Economic and Human Development | PDF

 

Climate Change Declaration
2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Proffered that climate change poses an undisputed threat to the security, prosperity, economic and social development of people. It is a reaffirmation of the commitment to the Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan and its further implementation. VIEW
  Climate Change Declaration | PDF

 

Declaration of the Port of Spain
2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Acknowledged the key role of partnerships in forging a more sustainable and equitable future for all people. This renewed emphasis on Commonwealth partnerships and collaboration offered clear practical opportunities to improve lives, build more resilient communities and strengthen the bonds and ties between nations. VIEW
  Declaration of the Port of Spain | PDF

 

Declaration on Young People
2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Recognition of the role and active contributions of young people in promoting development, peace and democracy, and in protecting and promoting other Commonwealth values such as tolerance and understanding, including respect for other cultures. VIEW
  Declaration on Young People | PDF

 

Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles
2011, Perth, Australia

Reaffirmed the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, consistent with the progressive realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security. VIEW
  Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles | PDF

 

Magampura Declaration on Commitment to Young People
2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A recognition that investing in young people and placing them at the centre of sustainable and inclusive development is the foundation for a prosperous and equitable tomorrow. VIEW
  Magampura Declaration on Commitment to Young People | PDF

 

Colombo Declaration on Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable Development
2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

An agreement that the achievement of growth with equity and inclusivity must be one of the main policy priorities for the Commonwealth, in keeping with the Commonwealth Charter adopted in December 2013. VIEW
  Colombo Declaration on Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable Development | PDF

 

Commonwealth Cyber Declaration
2018, London, United Kingdom

Recognised the potential for a free, open, inclusive and secure cyberspace to promote economic growth for all communities and to act as an enabler for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals across the Commonwealth. VIEW
  Commonwealth Cyber Declaration | PDF

 

Declaration on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment
2018, London, United Kingdom

Stressed the importance of international trade and investment in boosting employment and income in Commonwealth countries and helping them achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. VIEW
  Declaration on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment | PDF