Hong Kong – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of CPG and HKSAR signed the Arrangement on Establishment of the International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (with photos)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of CPG and HKSAR signed the Arrangement on Establishment of the International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Justice, Mr Paul Lam, SC, signed the Arrangement on the Establishment of the International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Central People’s Government and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) (Arrangement) in the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in October 2022.



     The People’s Republic of China and various foreign states jointly drafted and signed the Joint Statement on the Future Establishment of the International Organization for Mediation (Joint Statement), and decided to jointly initiate the establishment of the International Organization for Mediation (IOMed).



     The IOMed will be an international inter-governmental organisation established through consultations among all parties. It will provide friendly, flexible, economical and efficient mediation services for international disputes. It will be a useful supplement to the existing dispute resolution institutions and means of dispute resolution, providing a new platform for the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The membership of the IOMed will maintain openness and inclusiveness.



     Pursuant to the Joint Statement, a preparatory office (IOMed Preparatory Office) will be set up in the HKSAR. It is expected that, from 2023, the IOMed Preparatory Office will commence and organise the negotiation of the relevant international convention and the preparatory work relating to the establishment of the IOMed. As the only common law jurisdiction in the country under “one country, two systems”, the HKSAR has a robust legal system, a solid foundation of rule of law, a diverse range of legal and dispute resolution services, as well as legal talents with international perspectives.



     “The establishment of the IOMed Preparatory Office in the HKSAR is a much welcomed development and shows the great support from our motherland to maintaining the city’s unique status under ‘one country, two systems’. It also signifies a vote of confidence by the states signing the Joint Statement in placing their trust in the HKSAR as the location for the IOMed Preparatory Office. We believe that this would strengthen the HKSAR as an international legal and dispute resolution services centre in the Asia Pacific region under the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Greater Bay Area Development Plan”, said the Secretary for Justice.



     To give effect to the Joint Statement, the MFA and the Department of Justice of the Government of the HKSAR have signed the Arrangement, which contains provisions relating to, among other things, the establishment of the IOMed Preparatory Office, its status, and the privileges and immunities of the IOMed Preparatory Office and the persons connected with it. The Arrangement will come into effect after the relevant legislative work has been completed in the HKSAR.



     In this regard, the International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Ordinance (Chapter 558) (Ordinance) needs to be amended by the International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) (Amendment) Bill 2022 (Bill) in order to provide that the privileges and immunities of bodies concerned in the establishment of international organisations, and of persons connected with such bodies, under arrangements between the MFA and the HKSAR Government, may be implemented in Hong Kong. After the Bill comes into effect, the Government will proceed with the legislative exercise for the relevant subsidiary legislation under the amended Ordinance in order to implement the Arrangement. The Bill will be gazetted on November 4 (Friday), and will then be introduced into the Legislative Council on November 9 (Wednesday).

Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran calls on Prime Minister


His Excellency Hossein Amirabdollahian, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who is on an official visit to India, paid a courtesy call today on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.


Welcoming the dignitary, Prime Minister warmly recalled the long-standing civilizational and cultural links between India and Iran.  The two leaders discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation initiatives.  Prime Minister stressed that both countries should work to accelerate exchanges in the post-COVID era.  


Prime Minister requested the Iran Foreign Minister to also transmit his greetings to His Excellency President Ebrahim Raisi, and looked forward to meeting the President of Iran at an early date. 


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Canada – Virtual press conference of Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with her counterpart from Finland, Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto, on April 4 in Helsinki.

April 2, 2022 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with her counterpart from Finland, Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto, on April 4 in Helsinki. As Transatlantic and Arctic partners, the Ministers will work to strengthen the Canada-Finland bilateral relationship and discuss ways to coordinate efforts on Arctic issues, support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression and combat disinformation.

After the meeting, the ministers will hold a virtual joint press conference.

Date: April 4, 2022

Time: 12:40 PM EDT

Notes for media: 

Media must register at the following link for the press conference by Monday, April 4, at 7 AM EDT: Press conference: FM Haavisto and FM Joly (lyyti.fi)

Once registered, representatives of the media will be able to join the press conference via MS Teams. Link and instructions will be shared with registered members of the media on Monday, April 4, by 10 AM EDT.

Canada – Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in a breakfast dialogue at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations

March 17, 2022 – The Honourable, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in a breakfast dialogue at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations to discuss Canada’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

March 17, 2022 – The Honourable, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in a breakfast dialogue at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations to discuss Canada’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am EDT

Place: Marriott Château Champlain, 1050 De la Gauchetière Street West, Montréal (Quebec) H3B 4C9

Notes: The Conference will be in French and held in-person and online. The online event will start at 8:15 am. The registration deadline is March 18, at 3:00 pm.

For more information or to register: https://www.corim.qc.ca/en/event/968/2022-03-21

Canada – G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Statement

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union reiterate our profound condemnation of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, enabled by the Belarussian government.

March 4, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Statement from the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union:

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union reiterate our profound condemnation of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, enabled by the Belarussian government.

Russia must immediately stop its ongoing assault against Ukraine, which has dramatically impacted the civilian population and destroyed civilian infrastructure, and immediately withdraw Russia’s military forces. With its further aggression, President Putin has isolated Russia in the world, as evidenced by the overwhelming vote at the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia’s aggression and calling upon it to withdraw its forces immediately.

We express our heart-felt solidarity with the Ukrainian people and our sympathy with the victims of this war and their families. We underline our unwavering support for Ukraine, its freely-elected government and its brave people at this most difficult time, and express our readiness to assist them further.

We condemn the Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals. We call on Russia to uphold its obligation to fully respect international humanitarian law and human rights law. Ukrainian and UN humanitarian agencies, medical personnel, and non-governmental assistance providers must be given safe, rapid and unimpeded access to people in need immediately throughout the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We acknowledge the announcement of an arrangement on humanitarian access as an important first step. This will need to be implemented reliably and swiftly. We commit to increasing humanitarian support, as the needs of the Ukrainian people grow due to Russia’s aggression. We urge Russia to stop its attacks especially in the direct vicinity of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants. Any armed attack on and threat against nuclear facilities devoted to peaceful purposes constitutes a violation of the principles of international law. We support the initiative of IAEA Director General Grossi announced today for an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to ensure the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

We are deeply concerned with the catastrophic humanitarian toll taken by Russia’s continuing strikes against the civilian population of Ukraine’s cities.  We reemphasize that indiscriminate attacks are prohibited by international humanitarian law. We will hold accountable those responsible for war crimes, including indiscriminate use of weapons against civilians, and we welcome the ongoing work to investigate and gather evidence, including by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Russia’s blatant violation of the fundamental principles of international peace and security and the breach of international law have not gone unanswered. We have imposed several rounds of far-reaching economic and financial sanctions. We will continue to impose further severe sanctions in response to Russian aggression, enabled by the Lukashenka regime in Belarus.

We wish to make clear to the Russian and Belarusian people that the severe sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus are a consequence of and clear reaction to President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war against Ukraine. President Putin, and his government and supporters, and the Lukashenka regime, bear full responsibility for the economic and social consequences of these sanctions.

We condemn the widespread use of disinformation by the Russian Government and its affiliated media and proxies to support its military aggression against Ukraine. Their steady stream of fabricated claims is putting additional lives at risk. We commit to countering Russia’s disinformation campaign.

We reaffirm our support and commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters. We underline that any purported change of status achieved by Russia’s renewed aggression will not be recognized.

Maéva Proteau

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs