UK June Newsletter

The Royal Commonwealth Society
Highlights of our 150th anniversary The past twelve months have marked a significant milestone in the Society’s history, as it celebrated its 150th anniversary. Highlights have included the appointment of our inaugural Vice-Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at Lancaster House; the convening of our extensive network of branches and Associate Fellows in London for the Society’s biennial International Meeting and the successful delivery of the most viewed Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.   Thank you to RCS 150 Fellows As our 150th year ends, the Royal Commonwealth Society would like to thank all those individuals who became 150 Fellows during our anniversary year. Your generous support enabled the Society to continue our efforts in promoting the value, and values, of the Commonwealth through our advocacy work, programmes and high-profile events. View the 150 Fellow register.
CYGEN attend Women Deliver Pravin Nikam, Executive Member and the focal point for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network (CYGEN), reports on his and CYGEN’s involvement at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver from 1-6 June 2019. Read Pravin’s blog.  Equality & Justice Aalliance In April, the RCS, as part of the Equality & Justice Alliance, convened more than thirty parliamentary, government, civil society and youth champions from across the Commonwealth Caribbean to exchange knowledge of their work advancing equality across the region. Read the report and find out more about the Equality & Justice Alliance.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition: Judging begins The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition has now closed for 2019 entries so thank you to the 11,000+ Commonwealth young people who entered. Judging has now begun with over 100 voluntary judges from all regions of the Commonwealth reading and marking the entries. The Royal Commonwealth Society is grateful for the time, dedication and expertise of these judges, without whom it would not be possible to run such a successful and unique competition. Results and competition certificates will be available to view and download in September.RCS Associate Fellows attend Commonwealth@70 Garden Party On Friday, 14 June 2019, a number of Associate Fellows from across the Commonwealth joined the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, HRH The Duke of Sussex, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at a garden party to mark the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth. Held at Marlborough House, the event also saw The Duke present awards to the recipients of the Commonwealth’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards.
Commonwealth Youth Games 2021 Trinidad and Tobago will host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) selected them as the host city of the multi-sport event earlier this week. Trinidad and Tobago’s success builds on the back of The Bahamas hosting a successful Youth Games in 2017 and continues the CGF’s commitment to small states and island states. On the announcement, CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “We look forward to working closely with Trinidad and Tobago in the lead up to the Games in what we are confident will be a fantastic event for the aspiring young athletes of the Commonwealth.” Find out more. Support us As a charity, we rely on public generosity to support our work. The passion and generosity of our supporters and networks is the reason the Society is able to support emerging young leaders, speak out on important human rights issues and connect individuals across 53 nations and beyond. We very much appreciate all donations, large or small. If you would like to support the RCS, and help us strengthen the values of the Commonwealth, please visit our website to make a donation.

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