Commonwealth-THE HINDU-04-02-2020

Mains Paper 2: International

Prelims level : Commonwealth

Mains level : International organisation

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Maldives on rejoining the Commonwealth.

• Maldives had left the Commonwealth under the previous Yameen administration in October 2016.

About:

• The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal sovereign states, nearly all of them former territories of the British Empire.

• The headquarters is located in London, United Kingdom.

• The current Commonwealth of Nations was formally constituted by the London Declaration in 1949.

Member countries:

• 54 countries are members of the Commonwealth with Maldives becoming the 54th member of Commonwealth family.

• All members have an equal say – regardless of size or economic stature. This ensures even the smallest member countries have a voice in shaping the Commonwealth.

• Every two years, members meet to discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth and the wider world at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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