Baroness Scotland: The Role of the Commonwealth

22 March at the Temple of Peace The WCIA invited Baroness Scotland, the new Secretary-General’s approach, to explore the role of the Commonwealth today from the perspective of Wales and other Commonwealth members from around the world. Chaired by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of the WCIA.


  1. Baroness Scotland was welcomed to the Temple of Peace by the ILS Department at CrossKeys Campus, Coleg Gwent, Childcare Students from Cross Keys Campus, as well as students from Croesyceiliog Comprehensive, St Albans RC High school, Pontypool and Kings Monkton, Cardiff. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society in Wales.
  2. Baroness Scotland visit
    Baroness Scotland visit
  3. Baroness Scotland visit
    Baroness Scotland visit
  4. ILS students present a poem they have prepared for the occasion.
  5. Baroness Scotland visit
    Baroness Scotland visit
  6. Baroness Scotland visit
    Baroness Scotland visit
  7. Baroness Scotland reading poem from students
  8. Baroness Scotland visit
    Baroness Scotland visit
  9. Event introduction in the Council Chamber at the Temple of Peace
  10. Sir Emyr Jones Parry chairs the event and introduces Baroness Scotland.
  11. Baroness Scotland opens by reading the poem she has been presented and explaining that she wants to put the 'wealth' back in 'Commonwealth' and the 'common' back in the wealth.
  12. Baroness Scotland explains that issues like climate change can only be solved collectively - so the commonwealth is an asset for all its members. · Countries can learn from each other – for example,Rwanda’s health care system involves cross-country 4g where thousands of nurses liaise via mobile phones with the 1000 doctors – just an example of expertise we can share.
  13. Baroness Scotland explained that eliminating domestic violence was one of her key aims, building on good work done in Wales and rolling this out to other countries.
  14. At age 6, she was upset by watching videos of apartheid in South Africa and explained this to her father. Her father asked: "And what are you going to do about it?" So followed a boycott of South African fruit and a commitment to asking that question of herself and others.