Divided into five Regions, the 53 country members of The Commonwealth include a significant number of small states (population <1.5 million) alongside some of the world’s largest and wealthiest countries. All members are equal and all subscribe to the values described in the Commonwealth Charter.
The Royal Commonwealth Society's international networks provide a valuable source of contacts, advice, mutual support and fellowship. Currently 19,000 strong and growing, the network draws from every Commonwealth nation, integrating individuals, branches and regions within civil society, government and commerce.
The new status of Associate Fellow has been created in recognition of those who demonstrate a sustained commitment to promoting the values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives of Commonwealth citizens.
There is a great number of Branches and Societies across the Commonwealth, contact details for which are listed within the Regions. If you would like to get involved do contact your Regional Co-ordinator or closest branch.
Africa is made of 54 sovereign states. Out of this number, 19 countries are member states of the Commonwealth; they are united by language, history, culture and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.» Find out more about what’s happening in Africa
Within the Americas region, there are 13 Commonwealth countries and the RCS currently has a presence in 7 of these. We have 9 independent branches within Canada, which is the most populated of these member states.The Commonwealth members in this region are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada,...» Americas
As Chairperson of the Commonwealth Society of India, I have come to appreciate the tremendous potential to build bridges among those who believe in certain core values. To me, this is a time to be reminded of the importance of moral obligations.» Find out more about what’s happening in Asia
Europe consists of around 50 countries; of these just three are in the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom, Malta and Cyprus. The population of Europe is around 733 million which is approximately 11% of the world’s population.» Find out more about what’s happening in Europe
There are 11 Commonwealth member states in the Pacific. The RCS currently has branches in only two of these countries and a honorary representative in a third. The Society therefore does not have a strong presence in the region, so we intend to build on this, to connect and work...» Find out more about what’s happening in Pacific