The Duke of Cambridge and Foreign Minister Liz Truss joined the representatives of the overseas territories in London to “discuss the global challenges facing the territories”.
A British government statement said: “The Duke of Cambridge and the Foreign Secretary have joined representatives of the Overseas Territories and elected leaders in London for the Ninth Joint Ministerial Council.
The Duke of Cambridge and Foreign Minister Liz Truss joined elected leaders and representatives of the Overseas Territories in London for the Joint Ministerial Council [JMC], to discuss the global issues facing the territories. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also addressed the overseas territories by video to initiate the procedure.
“The JMC, which ran from November 16-17, was the first in person since 2018. Amanda Milling, Minister for Overseas Territories, chaired the plenary, with British ministers from across Whitehall attending various sessions.
“Over the two-day plenary, representatives discussed a range of topics, including the far-reaching effects of Covid-19, protection of OT’s extraordinary natural environments, continued collaboration on security and law enforcement and economic resilience.
“The Duke of Cambridge attended a JMC reception and spoke to overseas delegates about the need to tackle climate change.
“Along with the delegates, the Duke also met with business leaders and a group of inspiring young people, including students and climate advocates who are working to protect the environment and tackle environmental issues on their behalf. territories, which account for over 90% of the UK’s biodiversity.
“The JMC welcomed the announcement of Blue Shield, the latest program funded by the Blue Belt, to support maritime awareness so that the territories are better equipped to fight against illegal activities in their waters and ensure the compliance with regulatory frameworks managing human activities in these fragile areas and diverse environments. Bermuda is the first territory to join the Blue Shield program which launched this week.
“At the end of the JMC, the British ministers and the leaders of the overseas territories agreed on a joint communiqué.
Speaking at the opening of the JMC earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘I am proud that Britain has been able to help with vaccines and vital medical supplies, and as a member of a great British family, we will continue to put our arms around the overseas territories for the duration of this crisis.
“As we face the greatest challenge of our lives, I am keenly aware of the precious biodiversity at risk and as delegations to COP26 have made it clear, while your contribution to climate change is negligible, these are the vulnerable island homes like yours standing upright. feel the full force of the devastating effects of rising temperatures.
“We will spare no effort in this great struggle, and I would like to commend the Overseas Territories for all they do to protect the precious marine environments, including over 4 million square kilometers of ocean. in the world thanks to the Blue Belt program. “
The Foreign Secretary said: “I am proud of the UK and the British family, and the real value the Overseas Territories bring to our family. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I believe we have a positive proactive role to play in the world – in promoting freedom, free enterprise, democracy and the rule of law. I want to make sure the Overseas Territories are an integral part of global Britain and benefit from a confident UK, with an active presence across the globe.
“I want the Overseas Territories to know that they can count on the UK, as we showed during the pandemic. So let’s strengthen our partnership for the years to come.
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