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WHO Director-General underscores commitment to strengthening health in Pacific Islands

21 Aug 2019

“In the Sustainable Development Goals we have committed to leave no one behind. That is a promise that I take very seriously”

UNDP to promote dynamic partnerships to advance sustainable development in Africa

20 Aug 2019

7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) taking place next week

South Africa and Tanzania commit to greater economic cooperation

19 Aug 2019

Presidents Ramaphosa and Magufuli have agreed to work together to ensure economic growth and advance peace and stability in the two countries

Sudan Declaration

18 Aug 2019

The UK has issued a statement on the Constitutional Declaration by the Transitional Military Council in Sudan

Speak With One Voice, President Kenyatta Urges African Women Leaders

17 Aug 2019

“We should be bold in championing the empowerment of the youth and, in particular young women”

NZ boosts support for climate action across the Pacific

16 Aug 2019

“Whenever I meet with those who live on Pacific Islands, climate change is top of their agenda”

Nigeria and South Africa to forge closer links

14 Aug 2019

Presidents Buhari and Ramaphosa agree to meet on consular and trade issues

Australia - A Greener Recycling Industry

13 Aug 2019

Morrison Government introduces new fund to grow the domestic recycling industry

Commonwealth fast facts

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

The combined population of the Commonwealth is 2.2 billion.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries.

Source: thecommonwealth.org For further Fast Facts on the Commonwealth see http://thecommonwealth.org/fastfacts

Latest Publications

Commonwealth Education Report 2019

An invaluable resource looking at the Commonwealth’s most pressing education challenges and opportunities, with perspectives from over 50 of the world’s leading experts on education and lifelong learning.

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The Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting 2018 Report

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 Report has now been published.  Produced in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Report will be distributed to the attendees of the four days of events taking place in London this week.

The 2018 CHOGM will bring together leaders from Commonwealth countries to reaffirm common values and address shared global challenges. The theme for the Meeting is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and is focused on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure the unique organisation helps member states deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all citizens, particularly young people.

The Report includes perspectives from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, the Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat and the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, amongst a number of other high level contributions.

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The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2017

The Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2017 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

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.

Contributors include 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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The CHOGM 2015 Report

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, which addressed major themes of the modern Commonwealth. Contributors include 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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CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:

HRH Prince of Wales
David Cameron
Muhammadu Buhari
Akinwumi Adesina
Helen Clark
Wu Hongbo
Malcolm Turnbull
Christiana Figueres
Supachai Panitchpakdi
Maria van der Hoeven
Achim Steiner
Amina Mohammed
Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Muscat
Christine Lagarde
Muhammad Yunus
Kofi Annan
Ibrahim Mayaki
Stephen Harper
Uhuru Kenyatta
Irina Bokova
Peter Mutharika
Robert Azevêdo
Nkosazana Dlamina Zuma
Portia Simpson Miller
Perry Christie
Julia Gillard
Joan Clos
John Dramani Mahama
Olusegun Obasanjo
Jacob Zuma
Houlin Zhao

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