Slides in this set
How it all began
· The roots of the commonwealth lie in the 19th
century, with the dissolution of the British empire.
· The commonwealth as we know it began in 1947
with the independence of India and Pakistan.
· In1949 the word British was dropped from the
title and the requirement to have the british
monarch as the head of state was also removed.…read more
It was declared at the same time that the British monarchy was to
be the head of the commonwealth
· India was welcomed as the first republican member of the
· As the commonwealth was committed to racial equality, it
became the association of choice for countries coming out of
· In 1965 the Commonwealth Secretariat was established in
London. This was to be the commonwealths own civil service,
headed by a commonwealth Secretary-General.
· In 1971 the leader adopted the Singapore Declaration of
· Also in that year they established the commonwealth fund for
technical cooperation among developing countries.…read more
The commonwealth today
· Today the heads of countries of member states meet
regularly to discuss how best to cooperate with each
· These meetings take place every two years.
· The policies implemented at these meetings are
implemented through the commonwealth Secretariat
· One of the main rules is that countries have to be
· In 2009 the commonwealth celebrated its 60th
anniversary. It looks set to become increasingly
relevant in a world of international tension and