H.E. Girish Nunkoo, High Commissioner of Mauritius to the UK and representative of Mauritius on the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth, led the Mauritian delegation to the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) which took place on 10 July 2019 at the seat of the Commonwealth in Marlborough House, London.
The Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) is an annual event established in the mid-2000s in order to enable a political oversight on the implementation of mandates agreed by Commonwealth leaders in the period between the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGMs).
The meeting considered several key issues relating to the Commonwealth, notably the status of implementation of key mandates since the last CHOGM in April 2018 on the four main pillars which are fairness, sustainability, prosperity and security. The meeting also took note of preparations for the next Summit which will be held in Rwanda in July next year. Internal governance arrangements were also discussed. In the context of the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth, the CFAMM also adopted an Affirmation by Foreign Affairs Ministers which re-emphasizes the principles of the Commonwealth Charter and the values that the organisation stands for. It also looks to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth over the last seven decades and looks forward to the organisation realising its potential in the future.
High Commissioner Girish Nunkoo focused his intervention at the meeting on how Mauritius was actively implementing CHOGM mandates in the areas of Climate Action and the support as host of the Climate Finance Access Hub, the Blue Charter and our leadership on Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, our efforts to boost intra-Commonwealth trade and our initiatives at local and regional level to tackle cybercrime. The High Commissioner pointed out that these activities are aligned with our national commitment towards achieving the 2030 UN Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Following the CFAMM, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation were received by HRH Prince Charles at Clarence House where the Affirmation adopted by Foreign Affairs Ministers on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary Year of the Commonwealth was presented to him.