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Witnessing the Juba Peace Agreement: Troika Statement
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Witnessing the Juba Peace Agreement: Troika Statement

Statement from the UK, Norway and USA on witnessing the Juba Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and Sudanese Opposition Groups. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 8 June 2021 Troika statement from the UK, Norway and USA: Today, the governments of the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States (the Troika) signed the Juba Peace Agreement as Witnesses in a signal of political support to the Agreement. Having welcomed the Agreement in October 2020, this further step demonstrates our commitment to the success of the Agreement and its potential to help meet the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, including for those affected by conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, as well as other historically marginalised pa...
Promoting an Inclusive and Effective Government to Ensure Political Stability in Somalia
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Promoting an Inclusive and Effective Government to Ensure Political Stability in Somalia

Speech Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Somalia Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 25 May 2021 Delivered on: 25 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Thank you, Mr President, and it is good to be back to the Security Council chamber. I’d like to start by thanking the briefers, Special Representative Swan and Ambassador Madeira, and His Excellency Foreign Minister Abdirizak. Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the opening of a new round of talks in Mogadishu and their ongoing positive progress, aimed at reaching consensus on an electoral model, and we give our full support to Prime Minister Roble as he chairs th...
UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education Concludes Visit to West Africa
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UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education Concludes Visit to West Africa

The visit comes ahead of the UK and Kenya’s co-hosting the Global Education Summit with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) taking place in London in July 2021. British High Commission Accra and British High Commission Freetown 24 May 2021 The UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education Helen Grant has just completed a regional tour of West Africa where she visited girls’ education, gender and inclusion projects in both Ghana and Sierra Leone. Whilst visiting Ghana, Mrs Grant saw how UK aid is supporting children to learn both in-school and out-of-school. She took part in a live video lesson at Plan International’s Studio in Accra, connecting to girls and boys in over 30 secondary schools. She spoke to out-of-school girls being supported to learn by World Educat...
UK’s Defence Senior Advisor Concludes Visit to Egypt
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UK’s Defence Senior Advisor Concludes Visit to Egypt

The UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Senior Advisor to the Middle East & North Africa, Air Marshal Martin (Sammy) Sampson, has concludes his visit to Egypt. British Embassy Cairo 23 May 2021 During the visit, the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Senior Advisor to the Middle East & North Africa (DSAME) held high-level meetings with senior officials from the Egyptian Armed Forces and was accompanied by British Defence Attaché to Egypt Captain (Royal Navy) Stephen Deacon. AM Martin Sampson met with Commander of Egyptian Air Forces where both sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations’ Air Forces. DSAME also convened meetings with Chief of Training Authority and Chief of Armament Authority, where both sides discussed topics of common interest and e...
Clear Steps Needed to Maintain Momentum towards Elections in Libya
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Clear Steps Needed to Maintain Momentum towards Elections in Libya

Speech Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on Libya Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 21 May 2021 Delivered on: 21 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) I’d like to thank Special Envoy Kubiš and Ambassador Tirumurti for their reports and their work. As we’ve heard from other colleagues, this is a critical moment for Libya. There is now a pathway to national elections in December and a prospect of longer-term stability. A month ago this Council unanimously adopted resolution 2570, which sets out the next steps in four key areas: First, the relevant Libyan authorities, including Libya’s House of Representatives need to clarify the constitutional basis and any necessa...
Power roll: bringing cheap solar power to Africa and India
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Power roll: bringing cheap solar power to Africa and India

Power Roll has installed two mini solar grid systems in rural locations in Africa and India. These grids demonstrate the use of their innovative solar film and energy storage technologies that have the potential to disrupt the global solar power market. Paul Laidler, project lead at Power Roll, explained: The mini solar grid systems use flexible solar PV that is thin, light, easy to install and can be used off-grid. This makes it very attractive to communities who might struggle to get access to technology, particularly if their location is remote. Power Roll’s solar film will be produced as a roll and can be used on a variety of surfaces in off-grid settings; for example, curved around a technology pole or attached to a fragile roof. Its lightness and versatility give it numerous adv...
UK joint statement on progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum
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UK joint statement on progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

A joint statement from the UK, with France, Germany, Italy and the US, in response to recent progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum: "The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim executive authority, which will guide Libya toward national elections on December 24, 2021. This is an important step towards Libyan unity. The LPDF’s decision affirms the clear demands of the Libyan people that it is time for a change of the status quo. We encourage all Libyan parties to act urgently and in good faith to finalize the adoption through the LPDF of a unified and inclusive government. As participants in the Berlin Conference process and...