Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme; in 2018 the theme is 'Towards a Common Future'.
At the UN General Assembly in 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, announced the theme along with priorities for the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Taking place from 16-18 April in both London and Windsor, the 2018 Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will divide the theme into four main areas of interest:
- Prosperity: boosting intra-Commonwealth trade and investment
- Security: increasing cooperation across security challenges including global terrorism, organised crime and cyber attacks
- Fairness: promoting democracy, fundamental freedoms and good governance across the Commonwealth
- Sustainability: building the resilience of small and vulnerable states to deal with the effects of climate change and other global crises
In advance of the announcement, Theresa May said:
"As the world changes, so must the Commonwealth if it is to rise to the new challenges that the 21st century presents. It is the responsibility of all members to ensure we are working together towards a common future that will meet the needs of all our peoples, particularly our youth. I look forward to this unique organisation coming together at next year’s Heads of Government Meeting to pursue an ambitious agenda for a more prosperous, secure, fair and sustainable future for everyone."
In March, the Commonwealth Service, organised by the RCS and held in Westminster Abbey is based on the annual theme.