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Adam elected to international development role

By Alan Beresford

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A NORTH-east MSP has been elected as the vice-chair of the Scottish Parliament's International Development Cross Party Group (CPG).

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.

In their first meeting of the new parliamentary session, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam was elected to the vice-chair position, with Sarah Boyack MSP appointed as the CPG’s chair.

The purpose of the group is to ensure liaison between MSPs and organisations working in Scotland on international aid and development issues. It seeks to further raise awareness in Scotland of these issues and to provide a Scottish forum for discussion, while also promoting stronger links between Scotland and international aid and development agencies.

The group also seeks to promote development education in Scotland, to support Scottish organisations working in international aid and development programmes and where appropriate facilitate regular visits to Scotland by representatives of the international humanitarian agencies while engaging with minority residents in Scotland to encourage their involvement in the work of the group.

Ms Adam said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to the position of vice-chair on the International Development cross party group in the Scottish Parliament.

“As we head to COP 26, we must highlight the need to support those living in the global south who have been exposed to the worst effects of climate change which they didn’t create.

“I’ll do everything I can to support Scotland’s aims of combatting climate change, and also ensuring we do our part to help the world’s most in need as a result of the global climate crisis.”

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