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The Commonwealth of Nations

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Denis Osadchuk

on 2 November 2014

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Transcript of The Commonwealth of Nations

symbolic functions
Head of the Commonwealth
covers about 30.000.000 km²
population: 2.3 billion people
GDP: $10.450 trillion → 17% of the world GDP
intergovernmental organisation
53 members
The Commonwealth of Nations

manager of the Commonwealth Secretariat
nominated by the leaders of the Commonwealth
can serve a maximum of two 4-year-terms
currently: Kamalesh Sharma
“There is an almost global recognition and
acceptance that young people
and youth issues
impact on national development outcomes
. One critical factor that is often
overlooked is an appreciation of the important contribution of youth work
and youth workers in supporting, engaging and empowering young people to contribute to national development." - Katherine Ellis, Director of Youth Affairs at the Commonwealth


Marlborough House
Thank you for your attention!
Balfour Declaration, 1926:

“They are autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.”
Commonwealth of Nations
1. Main facts
2. Governance

2.1. Commonwealth Secretariat
2.2. Head of the Commonwealth
2.3. Secretary-General
3. Dominions and Realms
4. Current Events

self administrating federation of colonies
laws dictated by British parliament
foreign + defence + domestic policy managed by the UK
commanded by the British monarch
Balfour Declaration (1926):
foreign + domestic policy not controlled by the UK

Statute of Westminster (1931):
right to write own legislations
-> totally equal to the UK
-> Commonwealth Realms
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