At the start of the 19th Century Glasgow had thriving shipbuilding, locomotive, construction and engineering sectors.
At this time we benefitted hugely from the developing world - unfortunately not always in a fair and equitable way. Now, the Scottish Government is working to help those in developing countries who need it the most.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the planet.
This Scottish Government has passed world- leading legislation to tackle climate change, which includes ambitious targets to reduce Scotland's emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.
This shows our commitment to urgent action on climate change now.
A recent report by top climate change scientists has revealed they are 95% certain that humans are the 'dominant cause' of global warming since the 1950s.
This means that the effects of global warming such as Arctic ice caps starting to melt, the temperature of the sea rising and surface temperatures across the world increasing have all been caused by human actions.
However, the effects of climate change are not being felt uniformly across the globe.
Actions by the developed world, ie you and I, are causing global warming, yet it is those in the poorest places in the world who are facing the biggest impact, and being affected by climate change.
THIS is why I am pleased that the Scottish Government has introduced a pioneering Climate Justice Fund.
This fund recognises the fact that the developed world contributes the most to the effects of climate change yet it is those in the developing world who suffer the most.
This fund also allows Scotland to share its expertise in important, relevant fields such as water sanitisation and renewable energy with those who can benefit hugely.
Scotland has also recently hosted an International Climate Justice Conference, where the First Minister announced an additional £3 million for the Climate Justice Fund.
I know that Glaswegians are good global citizens, and during my days as a charity fundraiser I was never let down by Glaswegian's generosity, so I am sure this news will be welcomed and supported.
On Scotland's links to the rest of the world, it was great to witness the beginning of the Queen's Baton Relay.
This left Glasgow last week to head through 70 nations and territories carrying a message from the Queen across the Commonwealth.
The Baton Relay will tell the rest of the world that Scotland is ready to welcome them to Glasgow in July, and it's very exciting that the Baton's route is the biggest route in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
I am lucky enough to be joining the relay during its first stop in the sub continent, and I'll be combining this with drumming up support for new inward investment from India to Scotland, ultimately leading to more jobs in Scotland.
India's economy is rapidly expanding, and young people make up more than half of the population, offering many opportunities for overseas engagement.
This ministerial visit to India will strengthen our relationship with India, and showcase Scotland as a fantastic place to work, study and live.