Senator Moss shared with students
We live in a hurricane zone and some Commonwealth countries in this region have felt the effects of recent storms. We must continue to be our brothers’ keeper and lend a helping hand when needed. Sending money and materials to help with hurricane relief efforts should remain priority.
Also, opening our doors temporarily to welcome persons from other countries who were affected by hurricanes must continue. An example of this extension of love was seen when Prime Minister The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis extended an invitation to welcome students from Dominica to The Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. This is an unforgettable connection.
Most importantly, this year’s theme focuses on the collaboration to protect natural resources particularly with the adoption of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively cooperate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development. The Blue Charter targets Aquaculture, Blue Economy, Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, Mangrove Restoration, Ocean Acidification, Ocean and Climate Change, Ocean Observations, Marine Plastic Pollution and Marine Protected Areas. Students, you can join the Commonwealth in this effort by helping to protect our marine resources by limiting your plastic use.
Also, trade is a part of this year’s theme to connect the Commonwealth. Last year, Commonwealth Heads of Government leaders committed themselves to the vision of increasing intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 trillion by 2030, and expanding intra-Commonwealth investment. This is to be achieved through the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment.
The Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda will leverage the Commonwealth Advantage by creating a forum for Commonwealth countries to exchange best practices, approaches and experiences to trade and investment.