The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign
Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.
Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter
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The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.
Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.
Priority areas of work are agreed at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, which occur every two years. The next summit is in the United Kingdom in 2018.
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