Commonwealth Affairs

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The RCS has close links to the governments, parliaments and overseas missions of Commonwealth countries. It uses these links to promote the values of human rights, sustainable development and youth empowerment across the association.

In the United Kingdom, the RCS works especially closely with two organisations:

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All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Commonwealth

The Royal Commonwealth Society acts as the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Commonwealth. The APPG is a group of around 80 British Parliamentarians who share an interest in the Commonwealth; it is chaired by Henry Bellingham MP. The group holds regular meetings in Parliament, including recent meetings with HE Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General for the Commonwealth; David Grevemberg, CEO of Glasgow 2014 and The Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the FCO.

If you would like more information about the work of the APPG or would like to attend one of the group’s meetings, please contact us by email 

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Council of Commonwealth Societies

The Royal Commonwealth Society acts as the Secretariat for the Council of Commonwealth Societies (CCS). The CCS is a group of societies that aims to promote understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Commonwealth through the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day.

The CCS meets to oversee the organisation of the Commonwealth Service held in Westminster Abbey in London and is currently chaired by Lord Howell of Guildford. 

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