Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland commended the relationship between the UK and India as she attended the launch of the UK India Youth Awards on January 29, 2018 in London
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland commended the relationship between the UK and India as she attended the launch of the UK India Youth Awards on January 29, 2018 in London.
Organised by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU), the awards celebrate the endeavours of student societies, youth leaders and students of Indian origin.
They aim to identify inspiring young people aged 18-35 making a significant contribution to society, as well as furthering relations between India and the UK.
NISAU works to unify India’s diaspora youth, promoting Indian culture in the UK by working with governmental and non-governmental bodies.
Speaking at the launch event, the Secretary-General referenced the historical relationship between India and the UK, remembering that the two countries were among eight to first sign the London Declaration issued by the 1949 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, which established the modern Commonwealth.
Scotland added that the Commonwealth played a central role in the countries’ relationship with each other and that her recent trip to India in December revealed a determination to fully capitalise on the scope of the Commonwealth connection.
She concluded: “I urge you to remember that, as well as being citizens of India or the UK, you are citizens of a great global family of nations, the Commonwealth.
“And I wish the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK continued success, and offer my warmest congratulations to the winners of the UK India Youth Awards.”
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