Duke of Sussex to Attend Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

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The Duke of Sussex joins schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, together with the Woodland Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Acton.

The Duke of Sussex will attend a Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

Thursday, 11th July 2019

The Duke of Sussex, Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, will meet Youth Ministers from across the Commonwealth for a roundtable discussion at Marlborough House on Thursday, 11th July.

The roundtable, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, will allow The Duke to hear directly from Youth Ministers on the key issues affecting the Commonwealth’s youth population in their countries, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020 (CHOGM).

Representatives at the roundtable will include ministers responsible for youth engagement from across the Commonwealth. The event will also provide an opportunity for His Royal Highness to share the learnings, ideas and ambitions of the young people he has met from across the network of nations during his first year as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

The Commonwealth represents a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

The Duke of Sussex was made a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by Her Majesty The Queen in 2018. In this role, The Duke will work to create links between young people and youth leaders of the Commonwealth and to encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation.

His Royal Highness’ work to highlight youth-led initiatives throughout the Commonwealth also extends through his role as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), an organisation of which Her Majesty is Patron and The Duchess of Sussex is Vice President. The QCT exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world.

In recent years, The Duke has also been involved in supporting two major projects launched in recognition of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – Queen’s Young Leaders and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.