The emphasis was on peace-building – this year’s theme – at the 2017 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on 13 March.
The current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat spoke of “fault lines” and “uncertainty” in today’s “dangerous world”.
“Peace and reconciliation can be achieved”, he told the Westminster Abbey Service.
Dr Muscat said that the Commonwealth had a role to play in building peace, based “the complex uniqueness” of a diverse organisation and its strength in unity in dealing with “intolerant populism” and “racism” in today’s world.
Round Table Chair Stuart Mole and the Ramphal Institute’s Patsy Robertson were guests on the BBC World Service’s coverage of the Service. Topics included the role of the Commonwealth and Brexit.
BBC’s Mike Wooldridge spoke to Stuart Mole about the Westminster Abbey Service.
You can listen to the BBC coverage of the Westminster Abbey Service here.
The role of the Commonwealth in 2017 – a two part perspective.
From the Round Table archives – The move to Westminster Abbey.
Stuart Mole on the Abbey ceremony and Commonwealth values.
From 2016 – Stuart Mole on Does Commonwealth Day matter?