Queen Elizabeth opens Commonwealth summit

Queen Elizabeth presided over the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda. The article points out,

When she first addressed a meeting of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth thirty years ago, Papua New Guinea and the Seychelles were welcomed as its 32nd and 33rd members.

The queen remarked,

She remarked that the theme chosen for the Kampala CHOGM, Transforming Societies, conveyed a clear commitment to change for the better.

“No single society has achieved perfection, and there is no single recipe for success. No-one could expect that. But we do know that giving people the greatest possible voice in the way they are governed, and the greatest possible access to education, are two of the most important ingredients.”

The outgoing chairman, Malta Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, said

Commonwealth countries were faced with new challenges, such as climate change, globalisation, the digital divide, the price of oil and the rising price of cereals.

On climate change, he said the Commonwealth nations should send a strong message of support to the forthcoming UN conference on climate change in Bali.

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