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 has around 80 British Parliamentarians who share an interest in the Commonwealth; it is co-chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP (Conservative) and Lord Chidgey (Liberal Democrat). In the last Parliament the Group held meetings with the new Secretary General for the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland; then Commonwealth Minister, Baroness Anelay; Chair of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council, Lord Marland; and the then Indian High Commissioner to the UK.

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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