Protecting the world's poorest people from Coronavirus

As the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is inaugurated today, the Foreign Secretary promised that the UK will lead a global call to action to protect the world’s poorest people from the coronavirus and the growing risk of famine.

  • As it launches today, the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will harness the skills, expertise and influence that has earned our reputation as a leader in the international development community.
  • That is why the government is announcing a new £119 million aid package to tackle the combined challenges of coronavirus and famine which threatens millions in some of the world’s poorest countries. As we take on the presidencies of the G7 and COP26 next year, we will urge other countries to step up and help the developing world against the series of devastating challenges it faces.
  • Britain will use our diplomatic levers and aid expertise to help build a stronger international consensus to tackle these deadly threats, both because it is the right thing to do and it protects British interests.


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