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Lord Provost

Flying a flag for Commonwealth Day

Earlier today it was my pleasure to ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ from the City Chambers.

This is the third year of this unique initiative to mark Commonwealth Day and at 10am, Mayors and Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries joined together to raise more than 850 Commonwealth Flags in a shared celebration of this remarkable family of nations.

The Commonwealth is made up of two billion citizens drawn from all faiths, cultures and ethnicities. Beyond the ties of history, language and institutions, members are united by values set out in the Charter of the Commonwealth including tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality.

After a misty start to the day it was great that the sun came out just in time for the flag raising and I was then able to read out a message from Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth Secretary General, who said:

“The Commonwealth Charter asserts that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated without discrimination, whether they are rich or poor, without regard to their race, age, gender, belief, or other identity. It seeks to build a better world by including and respecting everybody and the richness of their personalities. Sustained progress continues to be made in the Commonwealth through the goodwill, trust, and mutual respect that connect us as members of one worldwide family."

Commonwealth countries come together voluntarily in a spirit of co-operation, partnership and understanding and it is for that reason that we joined in unity with those throughout all the participating countries of the world.

If you are passing by the City Chambers later in the week, do pause to look up and see the flag flying!

Commonwealth flag raising