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Pavithra Wanniarachchi

Delivering UHC to the people of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s publicly financed, high-performing healthcare system is widely acclaimed. In this article, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, describes the main challenges and opportunities in delivering healthcare for all in a middle income country, and imparts lessons for other Commonwealth nations striving to achieve universal health coverage.

The Hon Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete

Commonwealth health priorities: Reaching the unreached, ensuring no one is left behind

Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete is Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services and was Chair of the 2019 Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting. He outlines the commitments made by ministers at the meeting and reinforces the call for Commonwealth member states to accelerate progress in delivering universal health coverage and safeguard vulnerable populations.

Prince Charles

Towards a Common Future

HRH The Prince of Wales calls upon the Commonwealth family of nations to urgently and collectively rise to the challenge of protecting our planet’s ecosystems – to ensure a safer, more secure, more prosperous and fairer future.

H.E. Yoweri Museveni

The Critical Contribution of Young People

Yoweri Museveni, President of The Republic of Uganda, describes how engaging and investing in the Commonwealth’s considerable youth population is vitally important to member countries’ development.

H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo

Creating a Prosperous Future That Leaves No One Behind

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, highlights the need for collective efforts to create prosperity for all, and expresses his determination to transform Ghana into a prosperous and proud nation that leaves no one behind.

H.E. Edgar Lungu

Forging a Fairer Future for the Commonwealth

Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, looks at the Commonwealth’s past, present and future as a catalyst for creating a fairer future for all of its citizens.

Freundel Jerome Stuart

Building Resilience of Small Island States

Freundel Jerome Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, highlights the pressing issues facing Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and shares examples of best practice from Barbados to encourage fellow SIDS to minimise their vulnerabilities and build resilience.

Julia Gillard

The Future of the Commonwealth

Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, reflects on her experience as a Commonwealth leader, and discusses the future role of the Commonwealth on the global stage, in particular fostering democratic values and countering radicalisation.

Helen Clark

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, stresses that keeping women’s equality and empowerment at the centre of development efforts will give the world its best chance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Maithripala Sirisena

Pathway to a Sustainable Future

Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, advocates that a country’s sustainable future must be built on the foundation of self-discipline and equity, and outlines his pathway for a sustainable future in Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth.