It is heartbreaking beyond words to see just how much pain and suffering is being endured by Christians, in this day and age, simply because of their faith.
Indeed, astonishingly, during the past twenty-five years over ten million people in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan have been able to benefit from the healthcare facilities made available through AMAR, with many more benefiting from the educational opportunities that AMAR provides.
But most of all, congratulations to this year’s winners. It’s lovely to have you here in London, in Buckingham Palace, in a room that Queen Victoria knew so well, to celebrate the way you have crafted words so beautifully to create wonderful pieces of writing full of “truth and good feeling”. Thank you very much, very well done.
Real progress is being made, but it is only by incorporating the kinds of practical approaches developed by A4S into training and education that we can possibly achieve the speed and scale of action required.
This diversity is to be celebrated and cherished not only because it is so central to our identities and our sense of belonging...
Sixty years on from independence it is clear that very strong foundations of mutual respect and understanding were laid down when Malaysia became part of the Commonwealth, with its shared principles, strong values and vision of a common future.
I must say that I have always been fascinated by Malaysia’s rich cultural, religious and racial diversity - which, if I may say so, is something to be both cherished and celebrated.
That so many distinguished figures have come together this evening is testament both to the Balfour Declaration's profound significance for all Jewish people, and if I may say so, to the United Kingdom's role in helping to make the State of Israel a reality.
Our two countries understand that if we are to address the challenges facing our world – from the horror of man-made climate change to the pernicious evil of terrorism – we must work together in partnership, just as we must if we are to enrich our societies and fuel our economies to deliver better futures for our children and grandchildren.
I remain convinced that by working together, it is still possible to take the decisive action necessary to save the world's remaining forests. But we should be in no doubt that the future of the world's vital forests, and therefore of the planet, as a whole, really does rest in our hands.