56
independent countries make up the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific
32
of the world’s 42 small states are Commonwealth members, each with a population of 1.5 million or less
2.5 billion
citizens live in Commonwealth countries, with more than 60 per cent aged 29 or under

Commonwealth countries are diverse: they are among the world’s biggest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Together they work to pursue common goals and values.

Small states are especially vulnerable to issues such as climate change and developmental challenges. All Commonwealth members have an equal say regardless of size or wealth.

Leaders of member countries shape Commonwealth policies and priorities. Every two years, they meet at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.