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About RCS Wales

Founded in 1868, the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working to promote an understanding of the nature and working of the Commonwealth, and of the factors which shape the lives of its peoples and the policies of its governments. The RCS is supported by a worldwide membership of over 10,000, with self-governing branches, honorary representatives and affiliated organisations in over 53 countries and territories.

Through its educational, youth and outreach programmes, the Royal Commonwealth Society seeks to encourage young people to develop their skills and, with an increased understanding of their role as global citizens, to engage with challenges facing the international community. It aims to bring alive the fundamental principles of the modern Commonwealth – tolerance, diversity, freedom, justice, democracy, human rights and sustainable development – to a generation living in an increasingly interconnected world.

RCS’s former London home, the Commonwealth Club, acted as a centre for the exchange of ideas and a forum for the debate, research and development of Commonwealth thinking on key international issues. The Club had a restaurant which offered international and Commonwealth cuisine, a 250 seat auditorium, business facilities, a member's lounge and bar, increased exhibition space, an internet café, and much more. It was a centre for the Commonwealth, a focus for the Society's strengthened international links and global network. It was designed as a place where people could come to exchange ideas, news and to build and maintain links.

RCS projects seek to enable young people to engage with their counterparts across the Commonwealth in youth leadership programmes, creative writing and film-making projects. Through its range of charitable programmes and through its international network of members, honorary representatives and affiliated branches and societies, the Society’s remit is to work towards the continued growth and resilience of Commonwealth civil society.

The Commonwealth employs quiet diplomacy to encourage governments to move in the right direction in good governance.

On trade, there is a need to change the rules of international trade which are still loaded in favour of developed countries. There is a huge gap between the rich and the poor and this issue must be resolved. The Commonwealth is working to promote the interests of the developing member countries in global trade to help alleviate poverty.

Since 2010, RCS Wales has operated as the Wales branch of the international educational charity. Its purpose is to support and promote the modern Commonwealth, its culture and core values. 

RCS Wales was established and developed in 2007. Mr PK Verma was approached by the Royal Commonwealth Society to act as the Chairman of the Wales branch in recognition of his extensive experience with voluntary organisations and his role within Wales' political community. RCS Wales has the full support of the National Assembly and the leaders of the political parties within the Assembly.

RCS Wales supports the mission of the Royal Commonwealth Society; which is to support and promote the modern Commonwealth, its cultures and its core values, through offering a forum for the debate, research and development of Commonwealth thinking on key international issues; through providing a centre for the celebration of Commonwealth art and culture; through its educational, youth and outreach programmes; through its commitment to the continued growth and resilience of Commonwealth civil society; and through its international network of members, honorary representatives and affiliated branches and societies.

RCS Wales will continue to ensure that we remain relevant to the needs of a modern society by continuing  to focus on promoting understanding of the Commonwealth's values and programmes, and to spread the Commonwealth message of tolerance, diversity, freedom, democracy, human rights and sustainable development.
 

 

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