A new theme is chosen annually for Commonwealth Day, and as a focus for activities undertaken during the ensuing year led by the Governments of Commonwealth member states and by Commonwealth organisations.
Themes are agreed in consultation with representatives of Commonwealth civil society and presented for approval by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. The theme chosen for 2019 is 'A Connected Commonwealth'.
In 2019 we mark the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, and the theme 'A Connected Commonwealth' speaks of the enduring practical value and global engagement made possible as a result of the determination of our culturally diverse and widely dispersed family of nations to cooperate and work together in friendship and goodwill.
Our governments, institutions and people connect at many levels, including through parliaments and universities. We work together to protect our natural environment and the ocean which we share and that connects many of our nations shore to shore. We cooperate on trade to encourage inclusive economic empowerment for all people - particularly women and youth and marginalised communities. We take part in friendly sporting rivalry and encourage our young people to participate in sport for development and peace.
As a connected Commonwealth we collaborate by varied means in ever closer accord around the shared values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter.
In March, the Commonwealth Service, organised by the RCS and held in Westminster Abbey is based on the annual theme.