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The Commonwealth gears up to celebrate team spirit

07/03/2014
International
‘Working together, we win’ – Commonwealth Secretary-General

Friday 7 March marks the start of Commonwealth Week, running until the 14 March with Commonwealth Day - 10 March - as its centrepiece. A celebration of the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth, the aim is to foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s achievements and role. 

Young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations across the globe will celebrate Commonwealth Day this year with the theme #TeamCommonwealth, reflecting the spirit of friendship and the drive towards achieving shared goals and values that exist between the Commonwealth’s member countries.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said:

“The Commonwealth, in its unmatched diversity, shows the power and potential in acting together. Team spirit brings the enormous strength of solidarity, unity and of collective striving for greater achievement. We draw inspiration and understanding from one another, and our combined efforts build resilience. Working together, we win.

“Between 23 July and 3 August, some of the world’s finest athletes will be in Glasgow for the 20th Commonwealth Games. As we admire the perseverance and competitiveness of these men and women, we will doubtless also witness great team spirit and be inspired.”

Since 1977, the Commonwealth family has celebrated Commonwealth Day every year on the second Monday in March. It is a day marked by activities around the Commonwealth, including a multi-faith Observance at Westminster Abbey in London attended by the Head of the Commonwealth, HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Member governments, schools and communities use the opportunity to promote understanding of Commonwealth values and celebrate the strength and diversity that exists between its peoples.

With Glasgow hosting the XX Commonwealth Games this summer, we have an excellent opportunity for Scotland to celebrate it's contribution and our long history of good trade and investment, development and cultural relationships across the Commonwealth, as well as to welcome the Commonwealth to Glasgow for the best Games ever.

Share your ideas and stories on the Commonwealth Day theme on social media: on Twitter use the hashtag #TeamCommonwealth, or visit www.facebook.com/commonwealthsec

Posters celebrating the theme and featuring the flags of the 53 Commonwealth member states are available to download from www.thecommonwealth.org/team.

You can learn more about the values of The Commonwealth by reading the Commonwealth Charter.