London: 12th March will see people from around the world and countries across Asia, the Caribbean, Americas, the Pacific and Europe come together to observe Commonwealth Day.
The commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. Collectively, the association is home to 2.4 billion people from countries from varied points of the development spectrum.
Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.
To mark the day, Head of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II will attend a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey with a mixture of testimonies, performances and readings from throughout the Commonwealth.
Ahead of a commonwealth heads of government meeting next month, Queen Elizabeth said, “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.”
She added, “Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.”
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland also shared her excitement ahead of Commonwealth Day, saying, “Never before in the history of our family of nations has there been such a remarkable season of gatherings as that heralded by Commonwealth Day 2018.”
She shared her optimistic vision of the commonwealth adding, “Our member countries have committed to nurture and protect democracy, development and respect for diversity so that people of all communities can live safer and healthier lives, and share in the fruits of prosperity. This includes preventing greed and corruption, unfairness, or partisan discord from poisoning politics and public life.”
The commonwealth heads of government meeting will be taking place on 19 and 20 April and will be chaired by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.