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Annual Rhodri Morgan Memorial Lecture

First Rhodri Morgan Annual Lecture announced by the National Assembly and Swansea University’s Morgan Academy. The first of a series of annual lectures in memory of former First Minister and Swansea University Chancellor Rhodri Morgan will be held at the Senedd on Tuesday, September 25. The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Bruce Adamson, will compare progress on delivering on the human rights of children and young people across Wales and Scotland since devolution, focusing on what has been achieved and highlighting what more needs to be done. Wales’ Children’s Commissioner, Sally Holland, will respond to Mr Adamson through the vote of thanks. The event will be chaired by Prof Mike Sullivan, Director of the Morgan Academy and former Special Adviser to Rhodri Morgan, who is writing a political biography of Rhodri. Prof Sullivan said: “The Morgan Academy and the University, in establishing our partnership, including this series of lectures, decided that the lectures would focus on any issues of particular interest to Rhodri. “His huge range of interests, political, social, cultural and sporting, gave us vast scope! “Given his passionate commitment to the human rights of children and young people, and the progress on these issues that Wales achieved under his leadership, including the establishment of the office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, it seemed appropriate for this first Rhodri Morgan memorial lecture to focus on children’s rights. “Bruce Adamson will bring an interesting international perspective to what has been achieved, and to the challenges that we still face.” Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin Jones AM, said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting this first commemorative annual lecture here in the Senedd. “There is no doubt that history will remember Rhodri as one of the towering figures of the early years of devolution, and it is entirely appropriate that these two institutions, our National Assembly and Swansea University, both of which meant so much to him, should be working together to remember him in this way. “It is particularly fitting that this first lecture focus on the issue of human rights of children and young people in the year in which the National Assembly is establishing Wales’ first Youth Parliament. “I’m looking forward to hearing the challenges that the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland will place before us as we work together to make children’s rights a reality.” Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Bruce Adamson said: “It is a huge privilege to have been invited to deliver this inaugural lecture in commemoration of Rhodri Morgan. “Progress towards delivering on the children’s rights agenda will always need champions in the political world and there is no doubt that Rhodri Morgan was an outstanding champion. “While much has been achieved since devolution to embed rights-based approaches and culture in both Scotland and Wales, there is still much to be done. “I look forward to contributing to the debate around what needs to happen next.”