Canada stresses importance of peace during COVID-19 crisis
Canada's Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, and Sierra Leone's Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Francis M. Kai-Kai, who together co-chair the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), released a statement on the importance of maintaining and promoting peace in fragile and conflict-affected states. These states are at increased risk of experiencing "destabilizing socio-economic impacts" as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The statement articulates IDPS' position on the pandemic response and puts forth key areas of focus for the IDPS moving forward. The IDPS:
- Supports the United Nations' call for a global ceasefire and is working closely with the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and State-building to respond to the pandemic;
- Is committed to advocating for COVID-19 response efforts that advance priorities established by IDPS members in the IDPS 2019 to 2021 Peace Vision, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda, the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, and the Stockholm Declaration;
- Encourages governments to respond to COVID-19 in a "just and inclusive" way that considers youth, women peacebuilders, and human rights defenders; and
- Will "galvanize support from the private sector" in efforts to promote peacebuilding activities.