January 2015

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The Commonwealth in 2015

2015 will be a busy year for the Commonwealth. While the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in November, dominates the political calendar, the election of a new Commonwealth Secretary General along with the UK elections, are highly important for the Commonwealth.

The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day focuses on young people, an important priority for the year. Read our preview of 2015.

action/2015

2015 will be a watershed year for international development issues. World leaders will gather to finalise the post-2015 sustainable development agenda in September, and agree on measures to tackle climate change in December.

The RCS has joined action/2015, a global campaign calling for concrete actions and ambitious agreements for people and planet in 2015. Find out more about how you can get involved.

Prosperity in the Commonwealth

On the 16th December 2014 the Royal Commonwealth Society held a high-level roundtable discussion on prosperity in the Commonwealth at which leaders from business, diplomacy, academia and NGOs discussed the challenges, priorities and opportunities for promoting prosperity.

We have produced a report of this event to stimulate a broader discussion.

Commonwealth Week

The countdown to Commonwealth Week has begun and as ever it promises to be a week of exciting events across the Commonwealth. In London, the flagship event will be the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey on Monday 9th March.

RCS branches across the Commonwealth will also be holding their own Commonwealth Week celebrations, and we will be updating our calendar with details in the run-up to March.

Queen’s Young Leaders Award – Winners Announced!

60 winners from 35 countries are the first to be recognised as exceptional leaders in their communities, with the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen, in June, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.  Read the press release

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