Through the years, whether in the hallowed cemeteries of Northern France, or on the beaches of Normandy; or through witnessing our contemporary co-operation in the fields of business, the arts, academia and more – I have frequently been struck by how much our relationship means to us both, and how it makes us more prosperous and more secure. Above all, like so many British people, my wife and I have long had the greatest possible fondness for France and her people.
Thank you, all you young authors who sent in such a wonderful rainbow of stories. Each one of you has brought enthusiasm, originality and a passion for words to this competition. You have made us laugh, you have made us cry and you have made us hope.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we have an unparalleled opportunity to reimagine our future.
We have the chance to determine and shape the world we want, not just for ourselves but for the generations which follow. But this opportunity only exists for a short time and the window is rapidly closing.
As we move from rescue to recovery, therefore, we have a unique, but rapidly shrinking window of opportunity to learn lessons and reset ourselves on a more sustainable path. It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again. We must use all the levers we have at our disposal, knowing that each and every one of us has a vital role to play.
To reflect and inspire the world to action, while aiming for a green recovery, I would ask you to join me by sharing your vision for a more sustainable future (socially, environmentally and economically) using the hashtag #ReimagineReset. Together, I am confident that we can use this crisis to reset our course by putting people and planet first.
I need hardly say that the name of this hospital could not have been more aptly chosen. Florence Nightingale, The Lady with the Lamp, brought hope and healing to thousands in their darkest hour. In this dark time, this place will be a shining light.
At the very worst of times, we saw the very best of Australia – and knowing the Aussies, as I do after fifty-four years, that makes me very proud.
For many young people, transitioning from education into work can be a really anxious time. The longer this spell of uncertainty and unemployment lasts, the more intense anxiety this can cause young people. That is why it is my Trust’s mission, at the end of the day, to help young people into sustainable employment; so they can build positive futures for themselves and of course for their communities.
With Water being so utterly essential to life, it is clearly vital that we recognize the link between Water and Climate Change. I am, therefore, very much looking forward to discussing all these issues with you this morning and what needs to be done to tackle the overwhelming challenges we face.
Through my work, I have talked to many women who have lived with coercive control and domestic violence and, thankfully, come out at the other end as the victors not the victims. They are some of the bravest people I have ever met. Their stories are harrowing and have reduced even the toughest of their listeners to tears. That is why it is so vital that these survivors should no longer feel any shame or any blame.