At the RCS we work to uphold the values of the Commonwealth Charter, promoting conflict resolution, peace-making and democracy to improve the lives of citizens across all Commonwealth countries.
If you believe in human rights, in gender equality, in the empowerment of women, in sustainability, you can help us to influence those who can highlight these issues as well as to educate and support a new generation in overcoming them.
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See below for a snapshot of our recent work.
20 member countries, which had submitted commitments to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, were received by Her Majesty The Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace, attended by Sir David Attenborough.
Moved into The Commonwealth Hub
Achieved a record-breaking Essay Competition, with nearly 10,500 entries; the winners attended a week of workshops and cultural visits and an Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Published A Commonwealth Toolkit for Policy Progress on LGBT Rights
Organised the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey, live-streamed by the BBC
Played a part in the Womens' Forum, The Youth Forum and the People's Forum at CHOGM in Malta
Co-authored the Saved by the Bell report with Commonwealth Exchange
Convened 'A View to CHOGM', a Panel Discussion, hosted by the High Commission for Cyprus in the UK.
Published our new report, Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: the Role of Education, in partnership with Plan UK
Published The Gender Agenda: Youth Perspectives from across the Commonwealth- the outcome report from CYGEN
Launched The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) at a five day forum in Malta
Ran our most successful essay competition ever with over 13,000 entries.
Published the report: Collaboration and Consensus: Building a Constructive Commonwealth Approach to LGBT Rights, in partnership with The Kaleidoscope Trust
Convened a high-level round-table discussion on 'Governance of the Commonwealth' and published the output paper.
Organised the Commonwealth Observance in Westminster Abbey
Joined action/2015, a global campaign calling for concrete actions and ambitious agreements for people and the planet in 2015.
Convened a high-level round-table discussion on 'Values in the Commonwealth' and published the output paper.
Launched Commonwealth Voices, the RCS' new colour magazine, published three times per year.
Convened a high-level round-table discussion on 'Prosperity in the Commonwealth' and published the output paper.
Another highly successful Essay Competition, with nearly 10.000 entries, saw the four winners hosted to a week of workshops and cultural visits, culminating in an Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Spoke at 'Exploring the Efficacy of Advocacy: Options to Highlight the Persecution of the LGBTI Community across the Globe’
Co-hosted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a roundtable discussion with the Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, on the Future of the Commonwealth, the Role of Young people, and Looking ahead to the 2015 CHOGM in Malta.
Partnered with Common Purpose on the youth leadership programme, 33/Fifty
Co-hosted a conference discussing 'Sport as Persuasion and Power in the Modern World' in Glasgow, during the Commonwealth Games
Co-launched the Queens Young Leaders Award with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust and Comic Relief
Exhibited at ‘The Global Summit to End Violence in Conflict’; published research piece: ‘Hidden Violence in the Commonwealth’
Co-hosted ‘The Future of Public Broadcasting in the Commonwealth – an International Perspective’, at the Australian High Commission
Attended Canada's 2014 National Conference 'Leadership & Development in Today’s Commonwealth'
Ran our second most successful essay competition with over 9,500 entries.
Hosted a Commonwealth Human Rights Priorities panel discussion at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hosted a Team Commonwealth reception at City Hall
Entertained the Queen at the opening of our new offices in Westminster
Organised the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey
Moved into our new offices, London SW1