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Canada announces new funds in support of LGBTQ2 in developing countries

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that CAD30 million (US$23 million) in funding over the next five years dedicated to advance human rights and improve socio-economic outcomes for LGBTQ2 people living in developing countries. These funds will support Canadian LGBTQ2 organizations in their efforts to collaborate with partner organizations in developing countries. Moreover, a platform will be created for collaboration and exchange between these organizations.

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian development organizations release knowledge brief on gender and statistics

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems have launched a knowledge brief series that aims to address gender biases and barriers, share case studies and research findings, and recommend policy priorities. IDRC has partnered with Open Data Watch to publish 12 papers in three quarterly installments throughout 2019. The first released knowledge brief is entitled, “Why CRVS Systems Matter for Women and Girls” and contains four papers.

News release - International Development Research Centre

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Canada pledges CAD53 million to Venezuelan refugees at Lima Group meeting

The Canadian government pledged CAD53 million (US$41 million) to support Venezuelan refugees at a meeting of the Lima Group Allies, which it hosted in Ottawa to discuss ways the international community can support Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the money would be distributed to "trusted partners" in the region to "help them support Venezuela and Venezuelans."

Canada has urged the international community to recognize Guaido’s leadership and will endeavour to help Venezuela with its financial crisis. However, a spokesman for the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs says that Canada rejects the use of military intervention in Venezuela. 

News release - The Globe and Mail

News article - CBC

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Romania to replace Canada in Romania peacekeeping mission

Canadian deployment in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will end in 2019, with Romania replacing Canada to supply transport helicopters to the mission. Canada and Romania " salute the courage and determination" of parties involved in the mission, and Canada's government highlighted its desire work with the UN and Romania to ensure a smooth transition in 2019.

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian International Development Week celebrates feminist development policy

Canada’s international development community will celebrate its annual International Development Week from February 3-9, under the theme of “Together for Gender Equality”. The event recognizes the importance of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, which has been at the forefront of the current government’s international development policy. Events will be hosted across the country to celebrate Canada’s achievements in ending global poverty.

News release - Canadian Council for International Co-operation

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Canada participates in inaugural meeting of trans-Pacific trade partnership in Japan

Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of International Trade Diversification, participated in the inaugural meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Tokyo, Japan. Canada is keen on securing opportunities for exporting its goods to fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular emphasis on promoting Canadian beef. It is the hope of the Canadian government that the partnership will lead to economic growth and secure, well-paying jobs for Canadian workers.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian development minister announces support for women in the Middle East

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development, announced two sets of funding for development efforts in the Middle East. Canada will contribute CAD$10 million (US$7.8 million) to the World Bank’s Mashreq Regional Gender Facility to support women’s economic empowerment plans in Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. Additionally, CAD$10 million (US$7.8 million) will be allocated via Mercy Corps to market-based opportunities and skills training for women and youth in Lebanon.

News release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada

Canadian foreign minister denounces imprisonment of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement on the verdict to reject the appeal of convictions of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, calling it "antidemocratic". The two journalists have been detained since December 2017 for investigating and exposing the atrocities committed by Myanmar’s military as part of the genocide carried out against the Rohingya people. The two journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison in September 2018, under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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Government of Canada welcomes DENSO Corporation’s Innovation Lab to Montreal

Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne, and Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification, welcomed the opening of a satellite research and development lab in Montreal. Through foreign direct investment, the lab will research innovations in advanced technology, including artificial intelligence. The Government of Canada has highlighted its commitment to the artificial intelligence sector, claiming that it promises unprecedented economic and social benefits for the world.

News release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada

IDRC Centre for Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems launches call for experts

Canada’s International Development Research Centre's (IDRC) Centre for Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems supports global efforts to strengthen systems across low and middle-income countries. The Centre is calling for professionals with operational or relevant policymaking experience to apply to be included in their growing directory of experts. The goal of this directory is to connect governments and development practitioners with experts to contribute to equitable and sustainable human development.

Press release - International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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