Member(s) of the Royal Family

As well as being a time for reflection, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for us all to consider how we may make a difference today. So many of our communities around the country are exploring how they can be more welcoming to others fleeing oppression or how they can challenge contemporary forms of prejudice.

Congratulations to everyone at the university on being named Scottish University of the Year for 2019. You are riding high and exciting developments are taking place all the time.

I am most touched to have been asked to provide a foreword for this important publication.  ‘The Darkest Dawn’ is a deeply poignant tribute to all those who so tragically lost their lives when H.M.Y. IOLAIRE sank a century ago, in the early hours of 1st January 1919.

Time and again I have been deeply humbled and profoundly moved by the extraordinary grace and capacity for forgiveness that I have seen in those who have suffered so much.

Over the decades Australia House has become a symbol of the unique relationship between Australia and Britain, through good times and bad, and as vital members of our Commonwealth Family of Nations.

The small steps we have taken towards a circular economy will need to become giant strides if we are to achieve the required changes before time runs out.

I’m sure that Queen Charlotte would have been delighted to welcome you all to her home and to see that today, 250 years later, at least as many girls as boys take part in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

As the world moves towards the adoption of sustainable business models – with those organizations which find ways to eliminate the throwaway society and to use natural resources in a sustainable, “circular” way, being the ones which uncover new opportunities and reduce their risks – companies are going to require ever more robust data on which to base decisions. Who is better placed than accountants to provide them with this information?

Once again, on this visit, I have been struck by the dynamism and energy of this city, and its vital role as the beating cultural and economic heart, not just of Nigeria, but of the whole region – and, indeed, as one of the major urban and economic centres of the Commonwealth.

It was of particular importance to my wife and to myself that we should conclude our Tour of West Africa by coming here to Nigeria, and to experience, however briefly, something of  the extraordinary nature of this immense country.