Strengthen our close links with our Commonwealth allies
Last updated: 08:14pm 11 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.38
We will strengthen our close links with our Commonwealth allies, continuing our mission together to promote democratic values around the world and build on our existing economic relationships to further our common trading interests.
The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary political association of 53 countries. Members subscribe to a common charter to promote democracy and development, and, since 1965, a common secretariat helps strengthen institutions and develop policies for the most vulnerable countries. Commonwealth nations meet in a summit every two years to debate and coordinate action against global challenges. This is a pledge to strengthen links with these allies, and to continue to promote democratic values through this framework.
Throughout 2018, the government worked to promote democratic values and human rights within Commonwealth countries. Commitments include:
- £1.6 million for women in conflict mediation
- £2.9 million for human rights projects
- £4 million to strengthen democracy
- £9 million to help Commonwealth Small Island Developing states (SIDS)
Moreover, the government built on its ties with Commonwealth allies through a set of partnerships designed to:
- face future global challenges
- tackle illegal arms trading
- fight human trafficking
- strengthen cyber security
With action to continue the promotion of democratic values, from human rights to economic development, and partnerships to further coordinate work across the Commonwealth to tackle global challenges, this policy is ‘done’.
Strengthen your links to the details!
- Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Commonwealth programme summaries 2018 to 2019 – Gov.uk
- Departmental Overview: Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2017-18 – National Audit Office
- Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK
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