Commonwealth Charter

Our work in taking forward social development within the Health and Education Unit (HEU) aims to promote, support and advance core Commonwealth values, as outlined in the Commonwealth Charter, including consensus and common action, mutual respect, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, legitimacy and responsiveness, and the following principles:

  • Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • International Peace and Security
  • Tolerance, Respect and Understanding
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Separation of Powers
  • Rule of Law
  • Good Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter
  • Gender Equality
  • Importance of Young People in the Commonwealth
  • Recognition of the Needs of Small States
  • Recognition of the Needs of Vulnerable States
  • The Role of Civil Society

Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter:

We recognise the necessity of access to affordable healthcare, education, clean drinking water, sanitation and housing for all citizens and emphasise the importance of promoting health and well-being in combating communicable and non-communicable diseases. We recognise the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, consistent with the progressive realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

Additionally, in order to support these principles, we will endeavour to ensure that we promote:

Quality services that are sustainable, accessible, acceptable, appropriate, equitable, efficient and effective.

Cost-effective, evidence-based approaches, while promoting innovation and good practice.

Sustainable approaches that facilitate economic, environmental and social development, in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs)

The full Commonwealth Charter can be found here: Commonwealth Charter.