RCS Asia Conference 2019

The Royal Commonwealth Society Asia Conference will be taking place in Hong Kong from 14-17 March 2019. Delegates from RCS branches in Bangladesh, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka will attend together with representatives from Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Japan.

The purpose of the conference is to strengthen ties between RCS Asian branches and to discuss important social issues such as youth education and skills, a sustainable future promoting renewable energy and ocean protection, peace-building in Asia and the advantages of intra-Commonwealth trade.

The conference also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth created by the London Declaration if 1949 in which the Republic of India, and subsequently other republics, agreed to join the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is a free association of 53 independent countries united by use of the English language, rule of law, democracy and traditions of tolerance and inclusiveness. The Commonwealth, comprising nearly a third of the world's population, the majority under 30 years old, is also one of its most effective soft-power networks.

The RCS has been established in Hong Kong for 35 years and provides a network and many activities for promoting friendship and understanding between people different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It also supports a number of local charities. In November last year, together with the Commonwealth Cultural Forum, it organised the first Commonwealth Cricket Cup to be held in Hong Kong at Kowloon Cricket Club. The original event was held in New Delhi in March 2018.

The RCS Asia Conference will be held on 15th and 16th March 2019 at the Harold Smyth Hall of St John's Cathedral, which is celebrating its 170th anniversary.

More information on Royal Commonwealth Society, Hong Kong branch, can be found on at www.rcshk.com.

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