Overseas Territories summit ends with environmental pledge
The need to tackle climate change was a priority in a group statement that closed the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meetings in the UK.
The British government welcomed the territories’ desire to be covered by the Paris Agreement, designed to limit the global rise in temperatures.
The statement added that compliance with new international maritime conventions would be undertaken by the UK on behalf of the territories and British support to shore up their economic resilience was guaranteed.
Britain and the Overseas Territories group, which included David Burt, the Premier, recognised their shared responsibilities in law enforcement and in the provision of health services, particularly in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The statement also underlined support for inclusivity and children’s rights.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issued the final statement for the summit talks, which ended on Wednesday.
Amanda Milling, the UK Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, was chairwoman for the meetings and UK ministers from other departments also attended sessions.
It was the first time the territories had gathered in person since 2018.