The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent sovereign states, comprised of a variety of faiths, races, languages and cultures. The Commonwealth's 2 billion people account for 30% of the world's population. Members have a common working language and similar systems of law, public administration and education.
The Commonwealth helps to advance democracy, human rights and sustainable economic and social development both within its member countries and beyond.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year is in Perth, Australia, from 28 – 30 October
Find out more about the Commonwealth's history, and its priorities in today's world.
The Commonwealth is now a unique association of 54 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding
Every two years, the heads of government of Commonwealth member states convene at a meeting