On Thursday 15th April 2021, The Prince of Wales held a Roundtable by video link with The President of Botswana, The Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini, The President of the Gambia, The President of Malawi, The President of Mozambique, The Vice President of Nigeria, The President of Rwanda, The President of Sierra Leone, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. Leaders took the opportunity to express condolences on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
This was the first in a series of regional Roundtables in which The Prince of Wales is engaging in partnership with Commonwealth leaders on economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, accelerating action on climate change and scaling sustainable investment opportunities. The Roundtables build on the work of His Royal Highness's Sustainable Market’s Initiative and his recently released Terra Carta which serves as the basis of a recovery plan for Nature, People & Planet.
This series of discussions is due to conclude ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Rwanda in June and is designed to help establish areas of joint Commonwealth action in the lead up to COP26. The initiative is being co-sponsored by the Governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom as incoming and outgoing Commonwealth Chairs in Office.
The Terra Carta, supported by HRH’s Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) aims to provide a roadmap for acceleration towards an ambitious and sustainable future; one that will harness the power of Nature combined with the transformative power, innovation and resources of the private sector. Today’s Roundtable was joined by the following SMI partners: Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO Bank of America and co-Chair of the SMI; Nico Marais, CEO, Wells Fargo Asset Management and member of the SMI’s Asset Manager and Asset Owner Task Force and William B. Thomas, Chairman and CEO, KPMG International and member of the SMI’s Sustainable Investment to Investables Task Force