The Commonwealth History: Today's Commonwealth is a world away from the handful of British Dominions which were the first Commonwealth members. It is a unique family of 54 developed and developing nations, a voluntary association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean. From Africa to Asia, from Pacific shores to the Caribbean, the Commonwealth's 1.7 billion people make up 30% of the world's population and are of many faiths, races, languages and cultures.
The modern Commonwealth gradually evolved out of United Kingdom's imperial past, mainly through decolonisation, the effects of two world wars and changing patterns of international relations. Today it helps to advance democracy, human rights and sustainable economic and social development within its member countries and beyond. With a common working language and similar systems of law, public administration and education, the Commonwealth has built on its shared history to become a vibrant and growing association of states in tune with the modern world.
The Commonwealth promotes respect, encourages trust and friendship and works towards economic prosperity for all its members. In this area of the site you'll find information about how we work, who our members are, milestones in our eventful history and the declarations we have made over the years.
More info on The Commonwealth go to www.thecommonwealth.org