In an era of unprecedented threats to peace and security, and a surge in popular demands for democracy and human rights, the potential of and need for the Commonwealth – as a compelling force for good and as an effective network for co-operation and for promoting development – has never been greater.
Interoperability, intelligence sharing, anti-terrorism cooperation, humanitarian and disaster relief, anti-piracy and military training are all finding their way onto the new Commonwealth agenda.
The Commonwealth is committed to promoting good governance through the rule of law, to ensure transparency and accountability and to root out, both at national and international levels, systemic and systematic corruption. As such, building, supporting and strengthening legal systems in member countries is a key aim of the Commonwealth, as is the promotion and protection of human rights.
One of the Commonwealth’s key strengths lies in the combination of its diversity and the shared inheritance in language and culture as well as its values and principles and concern for the vulnerable.
Did you know?
- Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, eight of the top 10 countries with the lowest levels of corruption are Commonwealth members, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index.
- Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
Source: Commonwealth Secretariat. See more at http://thecommonwealth.org/fastfacts