Dear readers, I welcome you all to the first edition of our 2019 Newsletter.

I am pleased to inform you that we ended 2018 productively with the g7+ technical meeting, which sets out our priorities to strengthen our advocacy work and vision for 2019. The group also organised a successful High-Level Side Event during the United Nations General Assembly. I would like to sincerely thank our partners, co-chair of the International Dialogue and Minister of International Development of Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau and the President of KOICA, Mikyung Lee, for their valuable contribution to the discussions which really sets out the importance of diversifying our economies for us to become resilient nations.

We started 2019 by organising a mission to Rwanda, to learn from their home-grown solutions on peace and development. Rwanda is a country that shares many similarities with g7+ countries within the Africa region. Rwanda’s experiences have proven that our advocacy work should be owned and led by the countries. And that good and determined leadership is of importance.

On behalf of the g7+ family, I wish to congratulate the people of Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome E Principe for the smooth and peaceful elections. I sincerely hope that the peace processes in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Yemen will bear dividends.

It is my pleasure to announce that the g7+ will organise its 5th Ministerial Meeting from 26th to 27th June, at the g7+ European Hub, in Lisbon Portugal. I look forward to meeting g7+ Ministers of Finance, Planning, and Foreign Affairs and to discuss how, we can tackle conflict, violence and fragility in our countries and contribute to the global peace.

Happy reading!

Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development and chair of the g7+



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