Small states are sovereign countries with a population of 1.5 million people or fewer. There are 30 small states in the Commonwealth.
As members of the Commonwealth, small states have an equal voice. It enables them to take part in international decision-making on issues that affect them, such as climate change.
With limited resources, small states face many challenges, including:
Some larger countries - Botswana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia and Papua New Guinea - are classified as small states as they share similar characteristics.
The foreign affairs minister for St Kitts and Nevis says he’s convinced of the value of the Commonwealth to small and developing states.
Small Commonwealth states have asked the Secretariat to help them tackle the illegal arms trade and implement the Arms Trade Treaty in a more effective way.
The Commonwealth may be evolving into the world’s leading ‘impact bloc’ on climate change, writes John Elkington, a participant at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Workshop