Commonwealth Secretary-General lauded the government of India’s Digital India programme
- It is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries.
- The member countries of the group have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy and peace
- Its values and principles are expressed in the Commonwealth Charter
- The Commonwealth’s roots go back to the British Empire. But today any country can join the modern Commonwealth.
- The last country to join the Commonwealth was Rwanda in 2009.
- Leaders of member countries shape Commonwealth policies and priorities. Every 2 years, they meet to discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth and the wider world at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
- All members have an equal say regardless of size or wealth.
The Commonwealth is often described as a ‘family’ of nations. At the heart of this family are 3 intergovernmental organizations:
- The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to achieve the Commonwealth’s aims. This website is run by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
- The Commonwealth Foundation supports people’s participation in democracy and development.
- The Commonwealth of Learning promotes open learning and distance education.