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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: British International Investment: Development Aid (29 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: British International Investment (BII) is committed to raising sector standards around business integrity risk management and supported Transparency International in developing the Investing with Integrity project. BII's Policy on Responsible Investing (the Policy) is aligned to international best practice - including on bribery and corruption (available on BII's website...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Finance (29 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK was the 2nd largest donor to the Global Fund's 6th replenishment with a pledge of up to £1.46 billion. £1.176 billion of our core contribution to the Global Fund has been disbursed as on 20 September 2022, including an additional £60 million payment to the Global Fund's COVID-19 Response Mechanism. This is approximately 80% of the UK's core contribution pledge to the Global Fund.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Human Rights (29 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is committed to working to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out in the International Development Strategy (IDS) and Integrated Review. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development affirms that the SDGs "seek to realize the human rights of all", and are grounded in the principle of Leave No One Behind. The UK is committed to promoting and protecting human rights...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Seas and Oceans: Treaties (29 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The fifth Intergovernmental Conference (IGC5) on a new International Legally Binding Instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) took place at the UN in New York from 15-26 August. Considerable progress was made, with the UK playing an active role...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Marine Environment: Treaties (29 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The fifth Intergovernmental Conference (IGC5) on a new International Legally Binding Instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) took place at the UN in New York from 15-26 August. Considerable progress was made, with the UK playing an active role...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mali: Armed Conflict (28 Sep 2022)

Gillian Keegan: ...in Gouni by the Malian Armed Forces and Russian-backed Wagner mercenaries. The UK is monitoring the situation in Mali closely, together with international partners. The former Minister for Africa [Vicky Ford] condemned reports of civilian massacres and human rights violations and abuses in August. She also called for transparent and impartial investigations including by the UN peacekeeping...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Energy: Prices (27 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: We are working closely with our G7 and other likeminded partners to support global energy security and stabilise economic recovery. For example, on 2 September, G7 Finance Ministers announced their intention to introduce an oil price cap mechanism related to Russian oil. The cap consists of a ban on services related to the maritime transport of Russian oil products sold above a...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Development Aid: Climate Change (27 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is fully committed to supporting all countries tackle the impacts of climate change. We are partnering with India on its low carbon transition and on climate adaptation, accelerating investment in clean and resilient infrastructure, and mobilising regional and global climate action. For example, the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth programme integrates climate risk and...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Coronavirus: Vaccination (27 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK made available 100 million doses and donated 85 million doses to over 42 countries by the June 2022 target date. Of these, approximately 76.5 million have been delivered to COVAX, and 9.1 million have been delivered bilaterally. Global vaccine supply now far outstrips demand, so our focus has switched to helping low-income countries reach their national vaccination targets with the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Development Aid: Public Expenditure (26 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The Government has provided significant support for Ukraine and taken a leading role in international diplomatic, economic, humanitarian, and military assistance. Some of this urgent support to Ukraine is classed as Official Development Assistance (ODA). Given the Government's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, wider ODA pressures, including the ODA-eligible expenditure incurred...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (26 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The Prime Minister was not able to attend the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment due to scheduling conflicts. I attended in her place.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (26 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary remain engaged on discussions around the UK's pledge to the Global Fund.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (26 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is proud to be the Global Fund's third largest donor historically, investing over £4.4 billion since 2002. At the seventh replenishment pledging conference the UK committed to remain a strong supporter of the Global Fund and to announce our pledge in the coming weeks.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: HIV Infection (26 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UNAIDS 'In Danger' report highlights the disproportionate impact that the HIV epidemic still has on particular regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, and key populations, such as women, girls and children. As part of efforts to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children, the UK funds UNAIDS, the Robert Carr Fund and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Togo: Commonwealth (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: Togo was welcomed into the Commonwealth family by a consensus of all member states at the Kigali Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022. Preceding this, a detailed four step readiness assessment was undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Scotland, submitted this assessment to Commonwealth Heads of Government for...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Development Aid (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK is committed to doubling our International Climate Finance (ICF) to £11.6 billion between financial years 2021/22 and 2025/26. All UK ICF is countable as Official Development Assistance.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Pakistan: Disaster Relief (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The UK stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Pakistan as it faces the consequences of the recent devastating flooding. The UK Government provided significant support to Pakistan in response to the 2010 crisis, providing £81 million in humanitarian assistance. While the scale of the recent flooding is greater than 2010, Pakistan is better prepared and more capable in responding to complex...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: LGBT+ People (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: As co-chairs of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC), the UK and Argentina oversaw the adoption of the ERC's first strategy and five-year implementation plan in July 2021. Donor coordination is one the ERC's priorities and was discussed at the ERC Conference co-hosted by the UK in Buenos Aires on 8-9 September. Plans for levels UK funding for the 2022-5 Spending Round are not yet confirmed, but...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Gynaecology (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is proud to defend and promote comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as outlined in the May 2022 International Development Strategy and in the upcoming 2022 Women and Girls Strategy. Supporting safe gynaecological care in Africa is a critical element of the UK's commitment to help end the preventable deaths of...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Humanitarian Aid: Armed Conflict (22 Sep 2022)

Vicky Ford: International humanitarian law contains rules regarding the provision of humanitarian relief and assistance to civilians in situations of 'armed conflict'. For example, parts of the Geneva Convention requires relevant parties (subject to conditions) to allow and facilitate the delivery of medical and hospital supplies, as well as other supplies that are essential to the survival of civilians,...


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