Commonwealth Day celebrates diversity

From left: President Jioji Konrote, British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and former president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau cut the cake during the Commonwealth Day reception at Borron House last night. Picture: JOVESA NAIS

From left: President Jioji Konrote, British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and former president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau cut the cake during the Commonwealth Day reception at Borron House last night. Picture: JOVESA NAIS

SHARED inheritance help us overcome our differences and diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.

British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins echoed these sentiments on behalf of The Queen during the Commonwealth Day celebration hosted by President Jioji Konrote at the Borron House in Suva last night.

“We have a reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others,” she said.

Ms Hopkins said through exchanging ideas and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.

“This is a very special value and insights we gain through the Commonwealth connections.”

Ms Hopkins also said The Queen was looking forward to meeting leaders of the 53 nations at her home in London and Windsor next month.

“We shall see this action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the UK next month — bringing together young people, businesses and civil societies from across the commonwealth.

“By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have a greater impact on people’s lives today and for the future generations.”

Meanwhile, the theme of this year’s celebration is “towards a common future”.

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