The UK will be host to major international discussions in 2021, with the G7 in June, an Education Summit in July, and COP26 in November. But will 'Building Back Better' be more than a slogan? Can the G7 lead the way for vaccine equity, post-pandemic educational and economic recovery, and then real progress towards net zero in Glasgow? In this lecture, Lord Jack McConnell will draw on international experiences, including in Malawi, to set out the issues to be addressed and the choices that must be made if we are to see an equitable and sustainable recovery.

Lord McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007, then served as UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, when he was appointed to the House of Lords. He is currently Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Vice-President of UNICEF UK, and Chair of the McConnell International Foundation. He is Deputy Chair of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, Chancellor of the University of Stirling, and Chair of the Sustainable Development Panel of Scottish and Southern Energy. He is a global adviser to PwC, and has advised in the implementation of peace agreements including the Bangsamoro Agreement in the Philippines. He serves as Ambassador or Patron for a number of development and children’s charities, and Chairs the Peace Direct Awards and Scotland’s Champions. He has a keen interest in sport, serving as Chair of the Commonwealth Games (Scotland) Endowment Fund and as Honorary President of Scottish Athletics.

The event begins at 7.30pm; tickets are £5 for RSGS Members, U18s and Students, or £8 for others.