Patricia Scotland- sixth and first lady Secretary General of the Commonwealth, held an interactive discussion with Prof. Lee White CBE, Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment, and Climate Change, to discuss how they could build on this through Blue Charter Living Lands and Commonwealth CFAH.
She added that Gabon’s forestry, marine protection, climate mitigation, and carbon-neutral policies had enabled them to achieve impressive milestones in biodiversity and environmental governance.
On the same day, CSG Scotland also held an interactive meeting with Franck Nguema – Officiel and Camelia Ntoutoume Leclercq during her official visit to Gabon. In the meeting, they stressed the enhancement of education and job creation and the transformation of Gabon.
She stated that the meeting also featured the strategies to nurture youth talent through quality education and job creation.
CSG Patricia Scotland, “With 60% of the #Commonwealth under 30yrs, the future is in their hands. In my discussions with Franck Nguema – Officiel and Camelia Ntoutoume Leclercq, we agreed to support and nurture #youth talent through quality education and job creation, allowing them to play an active role in # Gabon’s transformation.”
CSG added that with COVID-19, climate change and economic disruption, governments, especially those of developing nations like Gabon, have faced big challenges in recent years. Their combined commitment to economic and environmental recovery will allow them to emerge with more equitable, resilient economies.
With COVID-19, #climatechange & economic disruption, govts;, especially those of developing nations like #Gabon, have faced big challenges in recent years. Our combined commitment to economic & environmental recovery will allow us to emerge w/ more equitable, resilient economies. pic.twitter.com/w0xD3xZPke
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandCSG) August 21, 2022
She also outlined that the next year is a particularly special year as it’s the ‘Year of the Youth’ – and the next Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting will be held in #Pakistan.
This week in #Gabon, CSG Scotland had strategic discussions with various ministers on how their portfolios can fully benefit from the #Commonwealth. She listened to their ambitions, ideas and challenges, and we agreed to work together in order to deliver Gabon’s development plans and SDGs.
She expressed honoured to have met the Presidents of our two newest members – #Gabon and #Togo Ali Bongo Ondimba, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé and discussed the wide range of opportunities available to members. She also assured them of The Commonwealth’s full support as they start their #Commonwealth journey.