Patricia Scotland– sixth and first lady Secretary General of the Commonwealth, met with President Paul Kagame during her visit to Kigali, Rwanda. She stated that Rwanda is becoming my second home, especially with President Paul Kagame always welcoming her so warmly.
She also congratulated the President again on a successful #CHOGM2022 and discussed their shared vision and goals for his role as #Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and how The Commonwealth can assist.
As @PaulKagame and I met during the #AGRF2022 Summit, food security & agriculture were topical, but we also discussed the threat of #ClimateChange, increasing #CommonwealthTrade, digitalisation & @CommonwealthSec initiatives like #LivingLands, #BlueCharter & #ConnectivityAgenda. https://t.co/rNVPVBWxpM
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandCSG) September 7, 2022
“As the President and I met during the #AGRF 2022 Summit, food security and agriculture were topical, but we also discussed the threat of #Climate Change, increasing #Commonwealth Trade, digitalization and Commonwealth initiatives like #Living Lands, #Blue Charter and #Connectivity Agenda,” wrote Patricia Scotland on Twitter.
She also expressed honoured to be invited to speak at Paul Kagame’s “Presidential Summit – Advancing pathways for people, planet and prosperity” along with leaders from #Africa at #AGRF2022.
In her address, she focused on #Commonwealth commitments to take action for food systems transformation and climate action.
To ensure these commitments are turned into actions, CSG stated that she would continue to work tirelessly to deliver the CHOGM2022 communique and implement agreed actions by Heads, including the Living Lands Charter, Blue Charter through programmes like Common Sensing and the Connectivity Agenda.
During the AGRF2022 Summit, she took part in a fireside chat with the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, discussing “Accelerating data-driven strategies for boosting food systems”.
At the summit, CSG Scotland highlighted the common advantages of the #Commonwealth working in the area of agriculture and data. Among these advantages, the Commonwealth provides a wealth of information, and through initiatives such as the #Connectivity Agenda, #Living Lands and #Innovation Hub, as well as data sharing and learning what works and what doesn’t, The Commonwealth will continue to support member countries.
Further, she was also involved in engaging conversations with the Gates Foundation’s Rodger Voorhies during #AGRF2022 today. Outlining the matters of discussion, CSG Patricia Scotland mentioned,” We discussed how the two organisations can work together to provide solutions on digitalization, agriculture and data sharing to #Commonwealth member countries.”
During her visit, she also met with the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, and expressed thanks for having such a productive discussion on the Commonwealth programmes and assistance, Rwanda‘s leadership in key areas such as nutrition, food security and innovation, as well as looking forward to Rwanda’s Chair-in-Office and UNGA77.
She stated, “Honoured to join The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, Agnes Kalibata, President, The AGRF and guests for the “First Ladies Special Event: Increasing Access to Health Diets in the AU Year of Nutrition” at AGRF2022.”
This event helps shine a light on the need for Food Security across Africa and the Commonwealth.
CSG Patricia Scotland stated that the Commonwealth works with member countries to help create food security through programmes such as Living Lands, Connectivity Agenda and Climate Change initiatives. The Commonwealth also prompts healthy activity through Commonwealth Moves and Commonwealth SDP.