Following on from the 2016 theme ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, this year’s Commonwealth Day will take place on Monday 13th March with the theme ‘A Peace Building Commonwealth’. The 52 Commonwealth countries from around the world will mark the day by celebrating and interpreting the theme in their own ways, including a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey in London which is traditionally attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, High Commissioner, The Commonwealth Secretary-General, and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth.
On announcing the theme in October 2016 at the inaugural Commonwealth Sport Summit in Edmonton, Canada, the Secretary-General stated: “At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members.”
‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from this year’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”
For more information including resources on website for children, a #CommonwealthDay Social Media Toolkit to help raise awareness of the Commonwealth’s work, and how to celebrate ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ with children, visit http://thecommonwealth.org/commonwealthday.