African Union: G20

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25 May 2023.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his Department's policy is on supporting the admittance of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 intergovernmental forum.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The UK recognises that the multilateral system needs to change to accommodate new realities. As set out in the Integrated Review refresh, we support further African representation in multilateral institutions including the G20. We are clear that Africa's voice must be heard at the world's top tables and we welcome the proposal for an African Union seat at the G20. Decisions on G20 membership are for the G20 as a whole. We look forward to discussing next steps with the African Union and G20 members.

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