The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion citizens, of which over 60% are under the age of 30.

The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.

The Commonwealth's guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter.