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Commonwealth leaders pledge continued unity and to empower youth

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Ahead of the Coronation, Leaders of Commonwealth member states met with HM King Charles III at Marlborough House, the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. After their meeting with the King, leaders from the Commonwealth’s 56 member states then met privately to discuss issues of mutual interest, including initiatives to support the empowerment of young people, as this year has been designated the Commonwealth Year of Youth.

The King has described the Commonwealth as a ‘cornerstone’ of his life, expressing his unwavering support for the values, people and countries of the Commonwealth. At their Heads of Government Meeting in 2018, Commonwealth Leaders decided that he would succeed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth, and he acceded to the role upon her death in September 2022.

During Friday’s meeting, the King greeted the leaders warmly and posed with them for a commemorative family photograph. Later that day, leaders will also attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the King.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland KC, said:

“I can think of no stronger signal of His Majesty’s deep connection to our Family of Nations than taking time to meet with Commonwealth Leaders at Marlborough House ahead of his Coronation. Earlier this year, the King highlighted the Commonwealth’s ‘near-boundless potential as a force for good’.

During the meeting, leaders reaffirmed their unwavering and unified commitment to the continued strengthening of our Commonwealth family and assuring its future by investing in the 1.5 billion young people across our 56 nations.

The Secretary-General observed that the Commonwealth is growing in size, scale and influence, especially as the event also welcomed the leaders of Togo and Gabon, who attended their first meeting of Commonwealth Leaders today.

The President of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame, in his role as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, also addressed the meeting. He welcomed the leaders of the two newest Commonwealth countries and paid tribute to the new Commonwealth Head. President Kagame also said, “We appreciate the King’s lifelong devotion to Commonwealth affairs, just as we remember the role of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in giving the modern Commonwealth its shape and spirit.”

His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, the Head of State of Samoa also attended the event as the incoming Commonwealth Chair-in-Office. In 2024, Samoa will succeed Rwanda as chair at the 27th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Apia, the capital city.

Alongside the Leaders Meeting, the Commonwealth Secretariat also hosted a gathering of the spouses, partners and the invited guests of Commonwealth Heads of Government. The event, which was hosted by Mrs Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of Rwanda, focused on the action needed to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer and tackle challenges impeding progress towards this goal across the Commonwealth. The spouses and partners in attendance pledged to champion advocacy and action in their respective countries.

The year also marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter, which reaffirms the values and principles of the Commonwealth as well as its aspirations. As well as being designated the Year of the Youth, 2023 is also being marked as the Commonwealth Year of Peace.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal sovereign states with a combined population is 2.5 billion, of which more than 60 per cent is aged 29 or under. The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to build democratic and inclusive institutions, strengthen governance and promote justice and human rights. Its work helps to grow economies and boost trade, deliver national resilience, empower young people, and address threats such as climate change, debt, and inequality.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Brothers and sisters in Sudan are suffering Commonwealth nations need to work together to help them.

  2. Brothers and Sisters are suffering a making of their own (Sudanese people). Two Sudanese citizens differ in opinion, can not trust each other, fail to honor what was agreed by those in power and citizens resulting in protest after protest. Today two Sudanese begin to kill their own citizens and want help from the world. Unreasonable, senseless killings, displacement of innocent citizens and madness of a people. The world is faced with more pressing issues than what is happening in Sudan.

  3. @muna
    you are so right the same nations throwing insults at the west and east
    are now seeking assistance … It sucks …

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  4. This commonwealth is relic of past colonialism,subjugation and exploitation of other people and lands.To hell with it,Britain shouldn’t make merry about their bloody past.

  5. All tripping over each other to kiss the ring containing diamonds stolen from Kimberly Mine in Azania.

    • Our African leaders are a disgrace gone to admire Charles in jewery his family stole from their ancestors…they are busy kissing blood diamonds stained with blood from their great grandfathers!

  6. There is war in Sudan and these foooooools are busy taking photos in London instead of being at an emerency AU meeting…shameless leaders indeed

    • Can you imagine that?

      Instead of calling for an emergency AU meeting to end the war in Sudan, they fly to the coronation ceremony called by war mongers.

      Muzungu anikonde.

      We may not like to hear it, but the west has had a hand in every war, particularly in Africa. And what do we do? We fall over ourselves lending them support. I doubt Robert Gabriel Mugabe would have attended this ceremony.

  7. And I quote ” Who is in charge of this nonsense”…..African leaders are such a disgrace….no wonder Africans were sold as slaves….why do we still worship bazungu and this is 2023

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