Prince Charles urges Commonwealth leaders to act together to move towards a ‘sustainable future’
Prince Charles has urged Commonwealth leaders to work together and take action to lead the world towards a more sustainable future.
At a meeting of his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) in Rwanda, the Prince of Wales told leaders of the family of nations, whom he described as a “common market” that they could work together to tackle sustainability issues.
The Prince launched SMI in 2020 to help accelerate the world transition to a sustainable future.
He told delegates including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and FIFA President Gianni Infantino: “If we can commit to being courageous in our ambition – but more importantly in our action – it will Commonwealth, as one of the world’s largest common markets, has a real chance to lead the world in the right direction.”
The Prince launched SMI in 2020 to help accelerate the global transition to a sustainable future
The heir apparent at the meeting said he had worked with SMI for the past three years and now has more than 300 CEOs around the world.
“This meeting is actually three years in the making,” he said.
The chief executives represent assets worth $70 trillion “that aim to help accelerate the world’s green economy,” he added.
“But ladies and gentlemen, they can’t do this without your help,” he said. “To move forward at pace and scale, we need to be clear about the favorable environment and demand signals so that industry and investors know where to go, whether it’s renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable aviation fuel or regenerative agriculture. ‘
Charles will represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting for the first time since he was elected to take over her position as head of the global ‘family of nations’ in 2018.
In another meeting with other Commonwealth leaders, he spoke about how efforts to eradicate malaria have been derailed by the coronavirus.
“As we come out of the pandemic, 2022 should be a turning point,” he told delegates at a summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases at the Intare conference center in Kigali.
In another meeting with other Commonwealth leaders, Prince Charles spoke about how efforts to eradicate malaria have been derailed by the coronavirus.
At a lighter moment of the visit, Prince Charles received an adoption certificate for an injured crane
“After Covid-19, the world is paying more attention to infectious diseases, and we need to take advantage of this to provide good support in preparing for and responding to infectious disease outbreaks.
“Mainly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still a lot to do to achieve our ambitions.”
There, the prince, who is president of Malaria No More Uk, met Melinda French Gates and director-general of the World Health Organization Dr Tedroos Adhanom-Ghebreyesus.
At a lighter moment of the visit, Prince Charles received an adoption certificate for an injured crane.
He visited Kigali’s first wildlife sanctuary, Umusambi Village, which is home to more than 50 endangered crane species.
The Duke and Duchess attend a fashion event as part of Kigali Fashion Week at Kigali Arena
Prince and Duchess of Cornwall landed in Kigali . earlier this week
Olivier Nsengimana, founder and director of the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, handed him a certificate of adoption for the bird and told the prince, “From now on, she’s yours,” to which he replied, “Oh. You must keep me informed.’
The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall landed in Kigali earlier this week. He is the first member of the royal family to set foot on Rwandan soil.
Charles will hold several meetings during his visit to ‘listen and keep learning’ about the key issues facing Commonwealth countries, in particular in the areas of climate change, economic development, youth opportunities and gender equality.