The Commonwealth: A Community of Equals

The 53 countries and 200 major cities of the Commonwealth span six continents and contain 1/3 of the world's population - half of which are under 25.

The Commonwealth is characterised by great diversity. Member nations are amongst the largest and smallest in the world; Canada has the second largest land area of any country and India has the second highest population. By comparison, Tuvalu has a population of approximately 10,000 and Nauru is only six kilometres at its widest point. Other contrasts are apparent in religion and culture; around 400 million Christians, 500 million Muslims and 800 million Hindus live in the Commonwealth.

Despite these differences, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth share the values of democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech. They also share many political, economic and social challenges, which transcend national boundaries.

A better informed and networked group of leaders with the Cultural Intelligence to connect across boundaries can build on our rich heritage and help create a modern, forward-looking Commonwealth.

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CSCLeaders is the renewal of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences - first run in 1956 – for the 21st Century, a partnership between international leadership development organisation Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

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