On 16 November 2021 The Commonwealth Foundation issued a dialogue of Commonwealth leaders who were not politicians but citizens in diverse parts of civil society in their own countries, all of them Commonwealth nations.
One of the invited participants and certainly the oldest, was Honourable Michael Kirby, a retired Australian judge. He describes the great importance of the adoption of the Commonwealth Charter in 2013. This Charter expresses the values that underpin the Commonwealth relationship. It also explains the distinctive and unpredicted way that the Charter came to be adopted. Was eventually endorsed by CHOGM; and ultimately signed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth on 11 March 2013 at the Commonwealth Secretarial Building, London.