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Roberto Azevêdo

Making Trade Work for Development

Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), outlines how developing and least-developed countries can maximise the benefits of increased trade.

Hugo Swire

Trade and Business at the Heart of the Commonwealth

Hugo Swire, former Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, welcomes the economic advantages of being an active member of the Commonwealth and encourages us to seize the opportunities for trade and private sector growth.

Michael Sippitt

Facilitating Trade and Investment in Sustainable Technologies

Michael Sippitt, Chairman of the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), explains how the pan-Commonwealth network links entrepreneurs, companies and investors engaged in environmental and sustainable technologies and services.

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Building a New Civilisation

Professor Muhammad Yunus, social entrepreneur and Nobel Peace Prize winner, encourages all stakeholders to commit to an unselfish future, by fostering the development of youth creativity, technology and social business.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Common Values, Shared Challenges

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, urges member countries to respond to change and control conflict by nurturing respect and understanding, right at the very heart of Commonwealth values.

Wu Hongbo

Financing the Future of Development

Wu Hongbo, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, discusses the financing requirements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and summarises the commitments of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Joan Clos

The New Urban Agenda in the Commonwealth

Joan Clos, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, analyses the current challenges of urbanisation and the strategies to overcome them embraced by the New Urban Agenda, and provides examples of the successful implementation of the Agenda in Commonwealth countries.

Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley

The Caribbean’s Macro-economic Challenges

Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, highlights the unique macro-economic challenges facing the small middle-income states of the Caribbean - 10 of which are members of the Commonwealth - and considers prospects for the region.

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Agro-Allied Industrialisation in Africa

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, discusses the potential of agro-industrial development and asserts that the future of Africa depends on agriculture.

Barbara Buchner

Green Infrastructure Investment: A Spotlight on India

Barbara Buchner, Executive Director of the Climate Finance programme at the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), uses the example of India to highlight innovative financing solutions to scale up low carbon infrastructure in developing countries.