Introduction: Sir. Trevor Carmichael, KA, LVO, QC, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Emerging Leaders' Dialogues President's CouncilSession 1: The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will share her vision for the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth is a family of 53 independent sovereign states, and home to 2.4 billion people. Building on the Commonwealth Advantage of shared inheritances, and similarities of law and administration, its members are committed to creating a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future for all.The people and institutions of the Commonwealth work together through a broad range of intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations committed to sharing the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter that cherish equality of opportunity and celebrate diversity.
The Commonwealth Secretariat works alongside member countries to promote democracy and good governance. Justice, with respect for human rights under rule of law, is understood as the foundation both for economic development with sustainable growth, trade and investment, and for inclusive social progress particularly through the empowerment of women and youth.