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Fifty-three countries come together today to celebrate Commonwealth Day 2016 under the theme ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. Among the many activities and events taking place globally, a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey will welcome thousands of guests from around the world.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March every year. It is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote shared Commonwealth values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The theme helps to guide our activities and those of Commonwealth organisations throughout the year. Find out more about the 2016 theme: 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General speaking on Commonwealth Day 2016

 Reflection by Kofi Annan, Commonwealth Address, Westminster Abbey

'Taking strength from diversity' - Commonwealth Day 2016 celebrates inclusiveness

World leaders, community organisers and schoolchildren across the globe were united on Commonwealth Day in celebrating the 2016 theme of inclusiveness.


Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has called for action to improve the educational attainment of women and girls.


Civil society and activists express their ambitions for the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Day celebrations are in full swing and we capture the voices of activists and those who work at the grassroots in Commonwealth countries.


Commonwealth Day Service

Watch the Commonwealth Day Service from Westminster Abbey, London live on the BBC from 14:45GMT.


A service of remembrance at the Memorial Gates, London, UK celebrating the contribution of those who served in the First and Second World Wars.

Making the world a better place: Children learn about an inclusive Commonwealth

“I want this world to be a better place, starting with my school!” said nine-year old Amani Ibrahim.


‘A tale of many peoples’ - Commonwealth leaders speak on inclusiveness

Commonwealth Deputy Secretaries-Generals join Commonwealth leaders in describing what “An Inclusive Commonwealth”, means to them.


Message from Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

As Commonwealth Secretary-General it has been my privilege in the past eight years to visit every one of our 53 member states...


Message from Her Majesty the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

Wherever we live in the Commonwealth, we can always benefit from being open to the ideas and encouragement of those around us...


An Inclusive Commonwealth: the voices of young people!

We asked young people aged under 30 across our member countries to explain what ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, our theme for 2016, means to them.


An Inclusive Commonwealth: the voices of our experts.

As we celebrate our diversity on Commonwealth Day, experts from the Commonwealth Secretariat working in a range of fields reflect on what this year’s theme, “An Inclusive Commonwealth”, means to their work.



Inclusivity in focus – new Commonwealth Photography Competition

We want to showcase and celebrate the beauty and individuality exhibited by each person living in the Commonwealth.


An Inclusive Commonwealth – our theme for 2016

This year’s theme celebrates the diversity of the Commonwealth, which is made up of more than two billion people.