Maldives' Membership in the Commonwealth and it's participation in Meetings
The Maldives joined the Commonwealth as a special member on 9 July 1982 and became a full member on 20 July 1985. The Maldives – Commonwealth relationship can be characterised as involving excellent co-operation and active participation.
In 1982, the Maldives participated for the first time in the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Regional Meeting held in Suva , Fiji . The Maldives has participated in all subsequent Commonwealth Summits: Nassau, Bahamas (1985); Vancouver, Canada (1987); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1989); Harare, Zimbabwe (1991); Limassol, Cyprus (1993); Auckland, New Zealand (1995), Edinburgh, Scotland (1997); Durban, South Africa (1999), Coolum, Australia (2002) and Abuja, Nigeria (2003).
The Maldives has also been participating in the Commonwealth Education, Finance, Health, Law, women's Affairs and Youth Ministers' Meetings.
The Maldives is also a member of Commonwealth organisations such as Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC), Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP).