The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. It supports governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa were the first countries to join Britain in the Commonwealth of Nations.
When India joined after its long struggle for independence, the modern Commonwealth was born.
Ghana was the first of many African countries to join. Some had fought wars for their freedom yet most wanted to be part of the Commonwealth.
South Africa’s racist laws led to its leaving the Commonwealth until, in 1994, a democratic South Africa was allowed to return.
The Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House, London became our official home. The people who work here come from all over the world.
The Commonwealth Youth Programme was created to help all of our young people.
Namibia was the first country that was never governed by Britain to join the Commonwealth – Cameroon and Mozambique followed shortly after.
Our first Youth Games took place with young athletes competing against and inspiring each other.
We celebrated our 60th anniversary and welcomed Rwanda, our latest member, to the Commonwealth.
We are now a family of 53 countries from every part of the world. We have different cultures, languages and faiths but we work together with one purpose.