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The Annual Gladwyn Lecture 2020

Agenda 2030: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - How might the Commonwealth deliver success?

Speaker: Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Chair: Sonny Leong CBE, Chair, Council for Education in the Commonwealth

Venue: Virtual (Zoom) | Date: Wednesday, 11th November 2020 | Time: 18:00 – 20:00

One third of the world’s population live in the 54 countries of the Commonwealth. Engaging together they offer a
tremendous opportunity, offering direction and initiating approaches to help everyone achieve the ambitions of the SDGs.
The scale of this challenge was always immense, but it has been increased further by the impact of COVID-19.

This year’s Gladwyn Lecture will address the importance of the Commonwealth’s active involvement, particularly in relation
to education (SDG4) and good governance (SDG16). Stephen Twigg will focus on issues that most affect young people
across the Commonwealth. He will also consider the vital role of all parliamentarians, wherever located, in the delivery of
Agenda 2030.

Stephen Twigg is the newly appointed Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and in this
prestigious lecture he will set out some initial thinking about opportunities to contribute to the SDGs, and also what we
might usefully learn from examples of best practice across the Commonwealth.


Stephen Twigg has been actively involved in the education and international development agenda and
was Chair of the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee and an
Education Minister in the UK Government. Stephen became the 8th Secretary-General of the CPA on
1st August 2020 and has recently launched a major consultation to prepare the CPA for its
next strategic plan.

The Annual Gladwyn Lecture is organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth in honour of its former Patron,
Lord Gladwyn, a distinguished diplomat and parliamentarian. The Lecture focuses on an educational topic of relevance to the Commonwealth, and delivered by an eminent expert.

Registration: Attendance at the event is strictly by invitation only and early booking is essential as the number of places
is very limited. Invitations will be sent to individuals who have registered their attendance.
To avoid disappointment, please RESERVE your place now on Eventbrite HERE, or email us on [email protected]


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