Which nations make up the Commonwealth?
The gradual decolonization of the British Empire led to the formation of the Commonwealth of Nations, in which territories under its control sought independence in order to become self-governing and later gained sovereignty. The Empire's former dependents came together as equals. Members of the Commonwealth are not bound by any laws or constitution. Democracy, world peace, equality, and free trade are among their shared interests and objectives.
History At the Imperial Conference in 1926, the Balfour Declaration established the British Commonwealth of Nations. In 1931, the Statute of Westminster made it official. The United Kingdom, Canada, the Irish Free State, Newfoundland, and the Union of South Africa were the initial members. Later, independent nations were added to it. The oldest political organization in the world now has 56 members.
King George VI was the first head of the Commonwealth, but Queen Elizabeth II took over after his death.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is a two-year event in which Commonwealth nations' leaders collaborate on major decision-making.
The purpose of the Commonwealth is to ensure that its members continue to enjoy prosperity. It gives every nation the same chance to influence the Commonwealth's policies and priorities. The Commonwealth requires states to support equality, free trade, world peace, liberty, and human rights. There is no obligation to join the Commonwealth, and member states can leave at any time without being penalized.
In addition to the Commonwealth of Nations, the nations have other relationships with the Commonwealth of Learning and the Association of Commonwealth Universities for academic purposes, and with the Commonwealth Games for sports purposes.