We advocate for those who share the values of the Commonwealth Charter by creating opportunities for development and collaboration toward building a sustainable future. Liverpool and the City Region have a diverse population, where 60 languages are thought to be spoken by its residents who have ethnic backgrounds from over 100 countries.
WHO WE ARE
The Liverpool Commonwealth Association is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of businesses (public, private and charities), individuals, and groups from a Commonwealth background within the Liverpool City Region, by acting as a connectivity platform to boost the region’s economy.
The main aim of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association is to promote a sense of belonging amongst the region’s Commonwealth communities thus empowering its people to contribute effectively to the region’s economic and social agenda.
This will also enable stronger links between the region’s Commonwealth communities and the Commonwealth of Nations, leading to a particular focus on increasing two-way trade, cultural and educational links, and any other links designed to enhance the role of the Commonwealth in the strategic plan of the city of Liverpool and the entire Liverpool City Region.
The Association also has the wider aim of having Liverpool declared the UK’s first official Commonwealth City and thus promoting the City Region as a Commonwealth Region.
To create a sustainable regional Commonwealth community that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful, prosperous, and a community that cherishes equality, diversity, and shared values.
Proactively support our members, and partner with other Commonwealth families and others to improve the well-being of our communities and advance our shared interests.
All our work have at its core the promotion of the following Commonwealth values:
Peace and security
Tolerance, respect, and understanding
Access to health, education, food, and shelter
Freedom of expression
Separation of powers
Rule of law
The importance of young people and civil society
Countries span Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific and are diverse – they are amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest, and poorest countries. Thirty-one of our members are classified as small states – countries with a population size of 1.5 million people or less and larger member states that share similar characteristics with them.
The most recent members to join were the Francophone African nations of Gabon and Togo on 29 June 2022, who along with Rwanda and Mozambique are unique in not having a historic constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom or other Commonwealth states.