Africa: Partnerships - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:23 am on 14 September 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Blackstone Baroness Blackstone Independent Labour 11:23, 14 September 2023

My Lords, there was a great deal of emphasis in the Foreign Secretary’s speech in Lagos on population change. It will increase to 2 billion by 2050. Some 25% of the population of Africa will be under the age of 25. There was no comment, either in the speech or in anything that the Minister has said, about the threat that this rapid population change will pose to the economic, social and political order. Will the Minister tell the House what the UK intends to do in its relations with African countries to address this threat, particularly in the context of climate change?