As a part of the lead up to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, a number of events will be held to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

The day is celebrated in Commonwealth countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Americas, the Pacific and Europe. Commonwealth Day is observed through a number of events including; faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, street parties and flag raising ceremonies. All of these events are to celebrate the Commonwealth’s diversity and unity.

British Youth Council members have selected delegates to represent young people from the UK at the Commonwealth Youth Forum. 33 of the 50 delegates from these organisations will be attending a reception to discuss the opportunities and challenges that face young people living in the Commonwealth.

The delegates will also attend the Westminster Abbey ceremony attended by The Queen, senior Royals, diplomats, and a range of Commonwealth citizens and organisations and over 800 school children. The service will include testimonials, readings and performances from all over the Commonwealth.

This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges.


For more information, please contact:

Ellen Gamble, International Assistant at the British Youth Council on 020 7250 8374 or email