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India Hopes to Take Lead Role in Commonwealth Economy

16 Jan 2018

India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu called on the country to take up leadership of the Commonwealth economy and introduce dynamism to create wealth, in a press release to UK reporters on January 12, 2018

COL Calls for Improved Access to Education for Persons with Disabilities

16 Jan 2018

The President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, Professor Kanwar, called for more institutions to make more effort in designing open and distance learning (ODL) opportunities for persons with disabilities, in her address at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility, held in Muscat on January 12, 2018

India’s High Commissioner to Canada Visits COL

16 Jan 2018

India’s High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Vikas Swarup, met with staff at the Commonwealth of Learning’s Canadian branch on January 16, 2018 to familiarise himself with their work

The Commonwealth Big Lunch to Celebrate Commonwealth Day

16 Jan 2018

The Eden Project is encouraging Commonwealth citizens to host their own Commonwealth Big Lunch between March 12 and April 22, 2018, to celebrate Commonwealth Day

The Daily Impact of the Commonwealth Games on Locals

15 Jan 2018

Australia will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games on its Gold Coast on April 4 to 15, 2018 and has been finalising preparations for the international sporting event

Commonwealth Celebrates Anniversary of First CHOGM and Singapore Declaration

15 Jan 2018

This week marks the anniversary of the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles, issued at the first Heads of Government Meeting in Singapore on January 22, 1971

UN Returns to Seychelles to Tackle Drug and Prison Reform

15 Jan 2018

The United Nations has confirmed it will re-establish the presence of its Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Seychelles in April 2018, as part of the island nation’s increased cooperation with the UN body

Applications for Pitch@Palace Commonwealth Now Open

15 Jan 2018

Applications for Pitch@Palace Commonwealth, a platform showcasing entrepreneurs from Commonwealth countries and connecting them to local and international networks, are open

UN Secretary-General Praises India’s Climate Action

15 Jan 2018

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised India’s commitment to fighting climate change during a ceremony in which Egypt became Chair of the Group of 77 (G77) and China

Mauritius and Seychelles to Joint Manage Mascarenes Plateau

15 Jan 2018

Seychelles and Mauritius have received a US$2 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in order to implement the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan for the joint management of the Mascarenes Plateau, a submarine plateau in the Indian Ocean that extends 2,000km between the two countries

Commonwealth fast facts

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries.

The combined population of the Commonwealth is 2.2 billion.

The combined gross domestic product of Commonwealth member countries is predicted to reach US$14 trillion by 2020.

Intra-Commonwealth trade in goods and services is estimated at more than $680 billion and projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.

Commonwealth members’ combined exports of goods and services are valued at $3.4 trillion, which is about 15 per cent of the world’s total exports.

60% of the Commonwealth’s citizens are under the age of 30.

The most innovative economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth member countries (8 out of the top 10).

25 Commonwealth countries have high or very high human development according to the HDI.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 8 of the top 10 countries with the lowest levels of corruption are Commonwealth members.

Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.

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The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2017 has just been published! The report was launched on Commonwealth Day 2017 at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heads of Government, High Commissioners, and numerous other VIPs. Produced in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society, the report aims to help foster sustainable economic, social and environmental development across the Commonwealth. The 2017 report features an impressive array of authoritative views on topics ranging from the Sustainable Development Goals and peace-building to trade and infrastructure development.

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The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2015 was launched on Commonwealth Day 2015 at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heads of Government, High Commissioners, and numerous other VIPs. Authors included Joseph Stiglitz, Amina J. Mohammed, The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya and Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director.

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On the eve of CHOGM 2015 that took place in Malta, 27-29 November, Henley Media Group and the Royal Commonwealth Society launched the CHOGM 2015 Report. This 242 page, hard-back book addressed the major themes of the modern Commonwealth. Contributors included Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and Kofi Annan.

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