Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme, upon which the Commonwealth Service is based. In 2017 the theme is 'A Peace-building Commonwealth' which reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that 'international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.'
Announcing the theme, the Secretary-General stated: “At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members.”
‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from the 2016 theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”
The theme informs events to mark Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in March, and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.