Commonwealth Day 2016: Celebrating an inclusive Commonwealth
Next Monday, 14th March 2016 is Commonwealth Day and this year will be celebrated under the theme “An Inclusive Commonwealth”.
This theme recognizes the 53 diverse group of countries that make up the Commonwealth. With a population of more than two billion, the Commonwealth encompasses the fastest growing countries, the smallest, the least developed and the most populous. The strength of the association is derived from shared historical ties, extensive global networks and a spirit of co-operations to tackle global challenges and improve lives – much like the Royal Life Saving Society.
To mark Commonwealth Day, activities and events will take place across the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries. The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey will welcome over 2,000 guests including the Commonwealth Secretary General, HM The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The service will be televised on the BBC.
There are many other events taking place during the week including the Commonwealth Youth Awards announcing their 2016 winners on 17 March in recognition of the extraordinary efforts made by young people to enhance democracy and development.