The Secretary-General will discuss The Commonwealth’s distinctive contribution to areas of pressing global concern, such as climate change, countering violent extremism, and eliminating violence against women and girls. She will describe how The Commonwealth’s hallmark characteristics of connectedness, consensus and goodwill are bringing ‘soul’ to international affairs.
From its beginnings in the late 19th century, The Commonwealth has evolved through an era of decolonisation and independence. It is bound by much more than governments, with deep links in education and civil society. Today it is home to 2.2 billion citizens, almost two thirds of them under the age of 30.