The Duke of Sussex in his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador presented the newly launched innovators in international development awards at a garden party attended by AIA to celebrate the Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary.

As a Commonwealth Accredited Organisation AIA recognise the importance of the newly launched innovators in international development awards which build upon the Commonwealth’s existing principles of promoting democracy and good governance, human rights and the rule of law, gender equality and sustainable economic and social development.

AIA chief executive, Philip Turnbull, said: “AIA recognises the importance of rewarding those individuals and organisations which strive to showcase impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions which help Commonwealth countries develop and advance the Commonwealth charter values.

“We congratulate the fifteen winners who were selected by an independent jury, based on the impact or potential of their innovations to advance one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“It was a privilege to attend the event on behalf of AIA, as we continue to work closely with the Commonwealth, and look forward to contributing to the agenda at the upcoming Heads of Government Meeting in 2020.”

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland, commented: “I hope you are as impressed as I am by the talent that is mobilised and multiplied through Commonwealth connection.

“There are also many other inventors and innovators of all ages in every country and community of the Commonwealth and it is they who drive us on towards a future of health, hope and harmony.”

It is hoped the competition will help shine the spotlight on revolutionary ideas that could improve prosperity, protect our planet, promote peace and justice and encourage partnerships in the Commonwealth.

Click here to learn more about how the 1949 London Declaration paved the way for a stronger connected Commonwealth, and established the values, which AIA is committed to sharing to this day.