Thirty-three of the world’s 42 small states are Commonwealth members. The Commonwealth Secretariat has championed small and vulnerable states since the 1980s, and campaigns internationally for special attention to the unique development challenges they face.

Small states are particularly vulnerable because of their:

  • geographic positioning
  • strong dependence on trade
  • limited access to development finance
  • disproportionate impact of natural disasters and climate change. 

The Commonwealth Secretariat:

  • pushes for international policies and rules to be more responsive to small states’ needs
  • helps Commonwealth small states access financing, build resilience, and have a voice on the global stage
  • delivers our work through economic research and analysis, and put our ideas into action in toolkits for small states.  




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