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40th Universal Periodic Review of human rights: UK statement on Uganda

The UK delivered this statement during Uganda's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council

The United Kingdom notes steps taken by Uganda on human rights, including the adoption of its National Action Plan. The UK is concerned about limitations on Ugandans’ right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association. The Government of Uganda must ensure the vibrant civic dialogue necessary for democracy. We encourage…

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United Kingdom signals West African expansion at Africa Investment Conference

Support package worth over £500 million from the UK government unlocks new markets for exporters in the high-growth region

UK exporters gain foothold in West African region, which accounts for over one-quarter of Africa’s GDP; Demand for UK products and services expands in West Africa, with deals to build hospitals, roads and bridges; UK government export finance support at its highest in decades in the region, including a record…

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COP26 President warns Glasgow Climate Pact will remain words on a page unless countries deliver on their promises

COP26 President Alok Sharma is to deliver a major speech at Chatham House setting out the UK’s priorities for its COP Presidency year

Sharma to urge countries to deliver on the commitments made in the historic Glasgow Climate Pact; the COP President will say it is in the self-interest of countries to work together on climate change; Speech at Chatham House in London will outline priorities for the UK’s COP Presidency year. Countries…

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Minister for Africa visits East Africa to tackle regional challenges and deepen economic ties

The Africa Minister visited Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to deepen trade, education and health partnerships, and discuss challenges such as conflict and drought

Minister for Africa has visited Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to deepen partnerships on trade, education and health, and discuss solutions to regional challenges including conflict and drought. Vicky Ford announced £17 million of UK Aid to respond to region-wide drought, and one million COVID-19 vaccines. The Minister also announced new…

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Trade Secretary: United Kingdom is Africa's investment partner of choice for green transition

UK hosts second Africa Investment Conference with focus on sustainable investment

UK to host second Africa Investment Conference with focus on sustainable investment to support continent’s transition to clean growth; Government launches Growth Gateway tool to strengthen UK and African business relationships, following record £2.3bn support from UK Export Finance; Video address from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to open virtual event…

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New UK Support to Tackle Impact of Droughts and Flooding in East Africa

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has announced a new package of support to countries in East Africa affected by extreme drought and flooding

Almost a million people across East Africa will be supported by new UK funding in response to one of the worst droughts in the region for decades and unprecedented flooding; Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan will be aided by a £17 million support package from the UK; funding announced by…

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COP President visits Egypt and United Arab Emirates to build on momentum from COP26 for global climate action

In his first visits as COP President, Alok Sharma has today [Sunday 16 January 2022] concluded a constructive visit to Egypt and will now travel to the United Arab Emirates, with the countries hosts of COP27 and COP28 respectively

COP President Alok Sharma visits Egypt and UAE, hosts of COP27 and COP28; frst in series of engagements between countries to build on momentum from COP26; expansion of initiative to support promising climate projects also announced by Mr Sharma in Egypt. COP President Alok Sharma has today concluded a constructive…

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Joint statement following the visit of COP26 President to Egypt

Egypt-UK Joint Statement following the meeting between Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and COP27 President Designate H.E. Sameh Shoukry, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environment and COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy, and COP26 President Minister Alok Sharma

Following an open and constructive exchange of views on climate change issues, priorities, and areas for collaboration, in the follow-up to COP26 and in preparation for COP27, COP26 President Alok Sharma and COP27 President Designate Sameh Shoukry released the following statement: As the current and incoming UNFCCC COP Presidencies, we…

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New support to help vulnerable countries tackle Omicron

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pledges £105 million in UK aid to help vulnerable countries fight new variants

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has pledged up to £105 million of UK emergency aid to help vulnerable countries tackle the Omicron Covid-19 variant, with a particular focus on Africa. The vital aid will be delivered through trusted partners and will: Scale-up testing - especially in parts of Africa where testing…

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UK aid supports vulnerable people in Chad using millions of pounds recovered during corruption case

More than 150,000 people in Chad have been helped with lifesaving UK aid, funded by £4.4 million recovered in a corruption case

The Serious Fraud Office and UK Government used the funds recovered since the 2018 case to benefit the people of Chad; £4.4 million has been used to provide life-saving support for over 150,000 people to address food insecurity and treat malnutrition; The UK also deployed an Emergency Medical Team to help support…