TOWARDS A COMMON FUTURE
“As in most families, there are striking and recognisable features that identify us all as members of the Commonwealth. Our shared values, history and culture define the very essence of our Commonwealth identity and guide and inform all that we seek to achieve together.
But it is the fascinating diversity which exists across and within the 53 member countries – from which I have learnt so much on the many visits I have made throughout the Commonwealth during the last 64 years – which is what makes this family of nations quite unlike any other and which, I happen to think, is its greatest strength.
Unity in diversity is something to be celebrated and cherished, not just for its own intrinsic value but because, it seems to me, it offers the world the very best hope of addressing the most pressing challenges of our time…”