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Canada announces CAD86 million (US$67 million) for development projects in South Sudan

Canada will provide CAD86 million (US$67 million) to support vulnerable populations in South Sudan in light of escalating conflict in the country. The funding will go towards four projects to improve access to basic health services, increase access to food for vulnerable communities, and strengthen the capacity of organizations to operate. These projects include the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)’s Health Pooled Fund for Saving the Lives of Women and Children, the World Food Programme’s 'Food for Work – Community Assets for Recovery and Resilience' program, DFID’s Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility, and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Food Assistance Fund’s Food Assistance.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canada’s foreign minister announces new international peace initiatives

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, announced a comprehensive package of initiatives valued at CAD22.6 million (US$17.7 million) to advance international peace. The announcement was made at the close of the Oslo Forum, an annual event that convenes global leaders and peace process actors to discuss current practices in conflict mediation. The funding will support efforts to increase and improve women’s participation in peace processes, and foster inclusive dialogue. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canada to host Women Deliver Conference in 2019

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that Canada will host the next Women Deliver Conference from June 3-6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Women Deliver Conference is held every three years, and brings together world leaders, government officials, parliamentarians, and representatives from civil society and the private sector to discuss gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Canada will also contribute CAD20 million (US$16 million) from 2017-2020 to support Women Deliver’s global advocacy programs to promote the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

In June 2017, Canada announced its new ‘Feminist International Assistance Policy’, which puts gender equality at the heart of its development assistance programming.

News article - Prime Minister's Office

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Canada’s development minister announces US$78 million to eradicate polio

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will contribute CAD100 million (US$78 million) over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's Endgame Strategic Plan, which aims to eradicate polio by 2020.  Canada has been a long-time supporter of the fight against polio, contributing CAD600 million (US$470 million) to its eradication since 2000. The announcement was made at 'Drop to Zero', a global polio pledging event held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2017, and is part of Canada’s commitment to eliminating the disease polio by 2030. 

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canada launches new feminist foreign assistance policy

After a year of extensive consultations with the Canadian civil society and the public at large, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has launched a new feminist international assistance policy. With it, Canada joins a handful of countries who either have explicit feminist international development policies or gendered policies and plans, including Australia, Sweden, and Norway.

The new policy will apply a human rights-based approach to six core pillars:

  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
  • Human dignity (including health education, humanitarian assistance, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and food security)
  • Inclusive growth
  • Environment and climate change
  • Inclusive governance
  • Peace and security.

Other highlights  include:

  • By 2021-2022, “at least 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance investments will either target or integrate gender equality or the empowerment of women and girls”.
  • Discontinuation of Canada’s “countries-of-focus”, shifting instead towards a regional allocation with a focus on least developed countries and by which no less than 50% of Canada’s bilateral international assistance will go to countries in sub-Saharan Africa by 2021-2022. The allocation strategy is to be released at a later date.

The policy does not come with a costed funding framework, and the Budget 2017 released this spring did not specify any new increases in spending. However, the government announced that it will contribute an additional CAD150 million (US$117 million) over five years to support local organizations that work to advance women’s rights in developing countries.   

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada’s new international assistance policy – Government of Canada

Canadian foreign minister addresses foreign policy priorities

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, presented Canada’s foreign policy priorities in a speech to Parliament, which highlighted Canada’s international orientation, on-going support for multilateralism, and liberal values. Minister Freeland’s speech touched on defense, development, and trade, declaring that Canada will develop its “hard power” by investing substantially in its defense capabilities. She also re-iterated Canada’s commitment to achieving the 2030 SDGs and promoting progressive trade relations that benefit all Canadians.   

Speech - Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian ministers call for proposals to support agricultural resilience in Senegal

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced a new call for proposals to support agricultural resilience in Senegal. Worth CAD$40 million (US$31 million) over five years, the initiative hopes to improve the resilience of farming families, especially women and youth, in the context of rainfall variation.  

As host of World Environment Day, Canada is using the initiative to highlight the need to support developing countries in their transition to building resilient communities. 

News article - Newswire 

Canada

New focus on trade and gender in Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne, announced the inclusion of a new chapter on trade and gender in the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. The chapter, the first of its kind for any G20 country, will modernize the 20-year-old free trade agreement and “acknowledges the importance of applying a gender perspective to economic and trade issues to ensure that economic growth benefits everyone”. It commits both countries to the creation of a committee to oversee cooperation, and develop initiatives to encourage women’s participation in domestic and global economies. The announcement was made ahead of a round table on diversity and inclusion in Chile and Canada’s private and public sectors. The event was hosted by Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, during her state visit to Canada.  

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Canada launches new Famine Relief Fund

On May 29, 2017, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophone, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the creation of a new Famine Relief Fund to respond to food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. According to Bibeau, over 20 million men, women, and children are at risk of starvation if immediate action is not taken. The fund aims to mobilize the support of Canadians and government alike by matching the donations of private citizens pledged in response to global food crises. Money raised will support the efforts of Canadian and international organizations that provide assistance to those affected by famine. 

Press release - Government of Canada 

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Canadian international development minister launches new famine relief fund

On May 29, 2017, the Canadian Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will create the new 'Famine Relief Fund' to respond to food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. The Fund aims to mobilize the support of Canadians and government alike by matching the donations of private citizens pledged in response to global food crises. Minister Bibeau announced that for every eligible donation to registered charities made by Canadians between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the new Fund. Money raised will support the efforts of Canadian and international organizations that provide assistance to those affected by famine. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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