The Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. is home to 2.4 billion people inclusive of economies that are both advanced developing. Did you know: Thirty of the Commonwealth members are small states, many of which are island nations.
South African rejoined the Commonwealth in 1994. According to the South African Government Twitter account, the aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation and the work of the Commonwealth to improve the lives of its two billion plus citizens.
Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, shared the following message:
“We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others.
“Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.
“There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.”
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