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Commonwealth theme for the year

Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The theme informs events to mark the day and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.

2017: A peace-building Commonwealth

At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members. ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from 2016’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that ‘international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’.

2016: An Inclusive Commonwealth

​This year’s theme celebrates the diversity of the Commonwealth, which is made up of more than two billion people. Every one of them is different, and each of them has something unique to offer. The Commonwealth Charter asserts that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated fairly, whether they are rich or poor, without regard to their race, age, gender, belief or other identity. The Commonwealth builds a better world by including and respecting everybody and the richness of their personalities. Read more

Past themes

2016    An Inclusive Commonwealth

2015    A Young Commonwealth

2014    Team Commonwealth

2013    Opportunity through Enterprise

2012    Connecting Cultures

2011    Women as Agents of Change

2010    Science, Technology and Society

2009    Commonwealth@60 – Serving a New Generation

2008    The Environment, Our Future

2007    Respecting Difference, Promoting Understanding

2006    Health and Vitality

2005    Education – Creating Opportunity, Realising Potential

2004    Building a Commonwealth of Freedom

2003    Partners in Development

2002    Diversity

2001    A New Generation

2000    Sharing Knowledge – The Communications Challenge

1999    Music

1998    Sport Brings Us Together

1997    Talking to One Another

1996    Our Working Partnership

1995    Our Commonwealth Neighbourhood – Working Together for Tolerance and Understanding

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