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Commonwealth VOICES is launched

Containing observations on Commonwealth-wide news and developments, high-profile guest contributions, research pieces and contemporary essays, the new RCS magazine Commonwealth Voices is now available to read or download on the RCS website.
For reasons of economy we are unable to post copies abroad, however should you wish to print copies locally for your branch members, a prepared-for-print file can be downloaded using this link

Human Rights 365
December 10th marks Human Rights Day, set aside annually to mark the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. December 14th also marks the date, 64 years later, on which Commonwealth Heads of Government adopted the Charter of the Commonwealth. This year, the theme of Human Rights Day is ‘Human Rights 365’, reflecting that whilst it is important to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR, its relevance lies in its application every day of the year, for all citizens of the world, without exception or preference. Read our blog about the importance of the day.

International Civil Society Week
Thank you to all RCS branches who responded to our survey on civil society in the Commonwealth. Your responses were diverse and provided a great insight into the different approaches to civil society’s role and its promotion across the Commonwealth.
In the future we hope to continue discussion on global policy issues that affect the Commonwealth. In the meantime, you can read our blog here.

Winners’ week
In November, the RCS welcomed the Winners and Runners-up of the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 to London for the winners’ week programme. The four young people took part in many memorable activities, culminating in an Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. This memorable week would have not been possible without our partnership with Cambridge University Press and The Queen's Trust's sponsorship. The Society is also appreciative of the kind support of The British High Commission in Pakistan, The High Commission of Canada in the UK, The British High Commission in Singapore and the British Council Association.

The Work of the RCS
The RCS is committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens everywhere through our youth and education programmes and by highlighting issues of gender equality, peace-making and sustainability throughout the Commonwealth.
As a charity, we rely on sponsorship from organisations and donations from individuals which enable us to plan our work and fund longer-term projects.
Leaving a legacy is an excellent way to help ensure the valuable work of the RCS continues well into the future.

 HRH Duchess of Cornwall with Competition Winners

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