Dear Readers, I warmly welcome you to the 3rd edition of the g7+ Newsletter. As we navigate through the COVID-19 global pandemic, I pray you all are safe and healthy. The g7+ Group of continue to stand in solidarity with the world, and wish to remind readers that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”. This means that no country can curb this pandemic on its own. As a group, we issued a “Statement of Solidarity and Cooperation: A call for concerted support in our efforts to curb COVID19,” highlighting four “asks” to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on people in conflict affected countries: They include calls for an immediate ceasefire, support for Public Healthcare and Institutions, care for Displaced People, and support for economic recovery and Self-reliance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the criticality of international cooperation in addressing its consequences. In this regard, the virtual meeting of the g7+ Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the margins of the 75th UN General assembly was held to reiterate this fact. We emphasized the importance of peer learning and sharing of experiences among Nations that can further strengthen solidarity during these unprecedented times. On behalf of g7+ members, I thank our development partners for providing generous support during this ongoing crisis. We also appreciate in particular, the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions for the debt relief to countries that have meagre resources to respond to the pandemic. As we continue our engagement, I hope that our collaboration will become more focused and decisive around issues of Fragility, Conflict and Violence, to guide our response to addressing the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.
I congratulate the people and Government of South Sudan for the peace agreement. This is good news for the g7+ family. We also welcome the ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks in Afghanistan, the peace processes in Yemen and elsewhere. The g7+ stand ready to support these peace processes and hope that they result in lasting peace and stability for the people. As a group we remain committed to delivering on the aspirations and goals of Agenda 2030. In this regard, I congratulate g7+ members namely, Democratic Republic of Congo, Union of the Comoros, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands for submitting their respective Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports at the 2020 High Level Political Forum.
Finally, I hope the COVID-19 pandemic ends without further damage to people and economies and that peace prevails everywhere. Please stay safe and healthy. Wishing you happy reading. Thank you.