COMMONWEALTH DAY MESSAGE BY THE RT. HON. PATRICIA SCOTLAND QC, COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL
“Never before in the history of our family of nations has there been such a remarkable season of gatherings as that heralded by Commonwealth Day 2018. Over coming weeks at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and associated forums, leaders and representatives of the people in all 53 of our member countries will assemble to […]
“Never before in the history of our family of nations has there
been such a remarkable season of gatherings as that heralded
by Commonwealth Day 2018.
Over coming weeks at the Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting and associated forums, leaders and representatives of
the people in all 53 of our member countries will assemble to work
and plan together. We will share and learn from one another, and be
motivated to ever greater heights of endeavour and achievement.
There will also be the Commonwealth Games, with compelling
scenes of athletic prowess, tenacity and triumph. Huge new
audiences worldwide will deepen in understanding of what the
Commonwealth is, what it does, and how it brings positive change
for the good of all.
An example of this is the Commonwealth Blue Charter currently
being developed. By agreeing to protect the health of oceans
and marine life, and to use the precious resources they yield
in responsible and sustainable ways, we will be sharing more
fairly the benefits they bestow, and preserving these for
Wherever we live – on island or coast, or inland where streams
and rivers flow to the sea – our actions and the way we live
affects life in the ocean. In turn, the health of the ocean affects
our own wellbeing, our weather, our food, our trade and our
prosperity. Industrial and domestic waste pollutes great rivers and
their tributaries, or flows directly into the sea. Plastic and other toxic
waste materials poison the ocean, which belongs to us all and is vital
to our common future.
Just as we work together in the Commonwealth to preserve the
health of the ocean, we cooperate in many other ways for the
common good. Our member countries have committed to nurture
and protect democracy, development and respect for diversity so
that people of all communities can live safer and healthier lives, and
share in the fruits of prosperity. This includes preventing greed and
corruption, unfairness, or partisan discord from poisoning politics
and public life.
We work together to achieve this by creating channels through
which good ideas and clever ways of doing things flow from the
governments and people of all our countries into a continually
renewed and refreshed Commonwealth ocean of knowledge. It is
an ecosystem of experience and expertise in which all give and all gain.
Through our ‘Faith in the Commonwealth’ project, we draw wisdom
and insights from secular streams of thought, and from the many
communities and traditions that are the sea of faith. Such resources
and riches add to all that we celebrate on Commonwealth Day, and
they are indeed treasures to be cherished and shared.
There are opportunities for each and every one of us as members
of the worldwide Commonwealth family to become involved. With
our fellow citizens, we live, learn, work and play in countries set
in every continent and ocean – all 2.4 billion of us, representing a
glorious spectrum of diversity and talent. It is by living and working
for the good of one another, towards a common future, that we
build our Commonwealth.”
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