The Commonwealth is a unique family of 54 developed and developing nations around the world. It is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean. They are found in every continent and ocean and are of many religions, races, languages and cultures. The Commonwealth promotes respect, encourages trust and friendship and works towards economic prosperity for all its members. In this area of the site you'll find information about how we work, who our members are, milestones in our eventful history and the declarations we have made over the years.
The European Union (EU) is the result of a process of cooperation and integration, which began in 1951 between six countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands). The European Union's mission is to organize relations between the Member States and between their peoples in a coherent manner and on the basis of solidarity. The main objectives are: to promote economic and social progress; to assert the identity of the European Union on the international scene; to introduce European citizenship; to develop an area of freedom, security and justice; to maintain and build on established EU law.
The G8 (Group of 8) is an informal group of eight developed democracies-Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each year G8 Leaders and representatives from the EuropeanUnion meet to discuss broad economic and foreign policies. The country holding the Chair is responsible for hosting and organizing the annual meeting of leaders or "Summit", which is primarily an opportunity for face to face discussions on key issues. The Chair also bears the responsibility of speaking on behalf of the G8 and of engaging non-G8 countries, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. Italy currently holds the Chair and it will be passed to Canada in January 2002.
Group of 77
As the largest Third World coalition in the United Nations, the Group of 77 provides the means for the developing world to articulate and promote its collective economic interests and enhance its joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues in the United Nations system, and promote economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.