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Young leaders from Canada, Fiji, Pakistan, Uganda win Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

The Africa and Europe prize Galabuzi Brian Kakembo of Uganda scooped the overall prize of 2020 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

Four outstanding young people have won Commonwealth Youth Awards for innovative projects that are delivering sustainable development in their countries. The awards recognise exceptional contributions by young people whose ventures are helping their countries achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The regional award winners are: Africa and Europe: Brian…

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Guinea: UK statement on upcoming elections and referendum

Minister for Africa James Duddridge urges the Government of Guinea to ensure that the upcoming elections and referendum are conducted in a fair and transparent way

Minister for Africa James Duddridge; The UK is a long-standing partner of Guinea, and welcomes opportunities to deepen that partnership. We are concerned at the violence and civilian deaths leading up to and following the announcement of upcoming legislative elections and referendum on the constitution. We urge the Government of…

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Cameroon: Minister for Africa calls for restraint and dialogue following violence

The UK's Minister for Africa has called for restraint and dialogue following violence in the North-West region of Cameroon

The UK’s Minister for Africa James Duddridge said: I’m appalled by the killing of civilians, including children, on Friday 14 February in Ngarbruh in the North-West Region of Cameroon. My thoughts and deep condolences are with the families and friends of those killed. There must be an urgent and transparent…

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UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020: an important year for UK-Rwanda relations

UK Aid, through the UK Department for International Development (DFID) continues to invest heavily in Rwanda’s long-term growth and transformation

British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Joanna Lomas, writes on the importance of this year for Rwanda's economic, trade, financial and agricultural development on the back of the UK-Africa Investment Summit. The UK hosted the Africa Investment Summit. This brought together 21 countries from across Africa, many represented at Head of…

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Support for businesses in the UK and Africa to develop trade and investment links

The UK announced the Growth Gateway - a service to help African, UK and other international businesses trade with and invest in each other - at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in January 2020. The service The service will help businesses access the UK government’s trade, investment and finance offer for…

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Inclusive government action needed to bring stability to Mali

It is extremely concerning that we have only seen limited progress towards the implementation of the peace agreement

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on MINUSMA Thank you, Mr President, and let me also thank on the Under-Secretary-General Lacroix for his briefing. And like others, I’d like to begin by offering my condolences and those of the…

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Liverpool engineers help African nations shift towards clean energy

International Development Minister opens a new engine repair workshop at Clarke Energy and announces extra UK aid to help develop innovative solar products

Liverpool engineering company Clarke Energy is helping African businesses reduce carbon emissions thanks to innovative hybrid engines. During a visit to Merseyside today (15th January 2020), International Development Minister Andrew Murrison opened a new engine repair workshop at the company, which will make power plants across Africa more efficient and support Africa’s…

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Preparing for elections and addressing root causes of conflict in West Africa

We welcome the very productive role that UNOWAS has played in the region

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on UNOWAS May I join others in welcoming you to the chair and welcoming you and your other co-elected members of the Council. We look forward to working with you. In the context of this briefing, we also welcome particularly…

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G5 efforts to combat instability in the Sahel

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel

We share the concerns set out today by our briefers - and I’m grateful to the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso for his briefing - and set out in the Secretary-General’s report about the continued deterioration of the security situation across the Sahel, and the fact that violence appears to…

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Keeping peace in a changing backdrop in Sudan and South Sudan

Statement by David Clay, UK Political Coordinator at the UN, at the Security Council briefing on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan

By David Clay Thank you, Mr President. We hope to see both governments seize the opportunities this offers for forging a lasting and comprehensive peace in Abyei, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. We are therefore encouraged by the recent talks between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan and express…