The Cyprus Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS Cyprus) was officially launched in 2018, the year in which the Royal Commonwealth Society celebrated the 150th anniversary since its establishment in 1868 in London.
Formed by Royal Charter and under the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, RCS Cyprus is part of the extensive network of branches, affiliated organisations and individuals of the Royal Commonwealth Society, which spread the influence and global connectivity of the modern Commonwealth while promoting the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the globe.
The RCS Cyprus strategy for the period 2020-2024 focus on particular goals with the aim of implementing specific targets, which are in line with the priorities of the Commonwealth. The two pillars of the strategic planning are the following:
- Democracy and rule of law (good governance and public administration, fair human rights, access to justice, elimination of corruption, combating political extremism).
- Youth and social development (empowering youth, employment, social rights, health and education, protection of vulnerable groups, gender equality, LGBT+ issues)
RCS Cyprus is located and administered at the main campus of the University of Nicosia, aspiring to build on the University’s capacity and accelerated growth, with the aim of maximising its own potential as well as its international footprint in Commonwealth affairs.