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21ST COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTERS MEETING ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2021
YB Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah called for Commonwealth countries to cooperate in global COVID-19 recovery through the strengthening of health diplomacy. He emphasized the importance of equal access and distribution of vaccines at an affordable price to all citizens in the Commonwealth, and that this is implemented in accordance to the principles of transparency and good governance.
YB Dato’ Saifuddin participated virtually in the 21st Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) on 16 September 2021.
At the Meeting, YB Foreign Minister also underscored the need for the public and private sectors to continue utilizing digital technologies as had been done during lockdowns. In order for the Commonwealth to build back better, the Minister proposed for collective action by the Commonwealth to address the digital divide between develop and developing countries.
YB Foreign Minister also recalled the Commonwealth Langkawi Declaration on Environment, which was issued by Leaders in 1989, to protect the environment and address the adverse impact of climate change. He urged the Commonwealth to continue to be a strong advocate on climate change in the lead up to the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).
The Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was chaired by The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom (UK). The UK is the current Chair-in-Office for the Commonwealth.
The CFAMM is held annually to discuss matters of collective interest to the Commonwealth such as the implementation of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) mandates, current global issues affecting the Commonwealth, briefing on territorial disputes as well as on the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
16 SEPTEMBER 2021