Commonwealth baton to carry message for peace to 2.5 billion people

DHAKA, March 13, 2017 (BSS) -A baton was set out today from Buckingham Palace, London, in order to carry the peace-building message to 2.5 billion people under commonwealth family during its extraordinary journey across the globe over the next one year, a release said here today.

The British High Commission in Dhaka said the baton would visit people living in nations and territories of the commonwealth family in every continent and ocean and it would pass from hands to hands through cities, towns and villages.

"Through consensus and cooperation great things have been achieved. We can find further reward and fulfilment by continuing to collaborate with others in a spirit of goodwill to build a peaceful and abundant future for all Commonwealth citizens," said Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, in a message available here.

Marking the Commonwealth Day, she said the cornerstones on which peace was founded were, quite simply, respect and understanding for one another. "Working together, we build peace by defending the dignity of every individual community."

The Queen continued: "by upholding justice and the rule of law, and by striving for societies that are fair and offer opportunities for all, we overcome division and find reconciliation, so that the benefits of progress and prosperity may be multiplied and shared."

Contained within the Baton, the written message for peace will also be opened and read out at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in every March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)