Canada headlines Alliance for Multilateralism Conference

On December 10, 2019, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, will attend the Alliance for Multilateralism conference in Berlin. The conference theme is 'Advocating Human Rights in the 21st Century'. Champagne will deliver the keynote address which will highlight the importance of the multilateral system in defending and promoting universal human rights.

The Alliance for Multilateralism is an informal alliance created by Canada, France, and Germany, consisting of nations who share a respect for a rules-based international order and who value global cooperation for tackling the most pressing issues facing the world. Its first official event was held in September of 2019 at the UN General Assembly.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada attends Egypt's Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, is representing Canada at the first-ever Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa on December 11- 12, 2019 in Aswan, Egypt. Champagne will specifically highlight Canada’s continued commitment to sustainability and meaningful engagement with African partners.

The Forum is titled 'An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa'. The event is hosted by the government of Egypt in its capacity as the President of the African Union. African leaders, as well as leaders from strategic partners Canada, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, will attend, along with the members of the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada condemns escalating violence in Iraq

Global Affairs Canada has condemned the escalating violence currently occurring in Iraq as a result of anti-government protests. This violence has killed hundreds of protestors and injured thousands. Canada supports the people of Iraq and recognizes their freedom of expression and the right to protest.  Canada is calling on all parties to refrain from violence  and is working with allies to provide constructive support to Iraq. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada 


Canada recognizes International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, and Canada's minister of international development, Karina Gould, issued a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This statement draws specific attention to the fact that women and girls around the world are experiencing sexual assault and its lifelong adverse effects on health. Sexual assault, a violation of human rights, is a key barrier to achieving gender equality. 

Canada supports gender-based violence prevention efforts and has urged everyone to take a stand against sexual assault by joining activists at home and abroad to bring attention to the injustice of sexual assault. Canada is an active participant of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and concludes on International Human Rights Day (December 10).  

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada appoints new minister of foreign affairs

Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced his new cabinet after his recent re-election. François-Philippe Champagne has been appointed the new minister of foreign affairs, replacing former minister Chrystia Freeland. Freeland is now deputy prime minister. 

Champagne was most recently the minister of infrastructure and communities from July 18, 2018– November 20, 2019, and previously served as minister of international trade from January 10, 2017– July 18, 2018.

While Freeland will retain NAFTA in her portfolio, the rest of the international file including relations with China, Saudi Arabia, the UN, and other trade deals will be Champagne's domain.  

Press release - CBC


Canada's new minister of foreign affairs attends G20 Meeting

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, attended the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Nagoya, Japan, from November 22– 23, 2019. 

The minister participated in discussions about free trade and global governance, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and support for African development initiatives. Champagne also showed Canada's support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) by attending the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI).

Japan currently holds the G20 presidency under the theme "Ensure Global Sustainable Development".  Saudi Arabia will take over the presidency on December 1 of this year.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada 


Canada's Centre for International Governance Innovation Releases Report on Implications of Unitary Taxation of Multinationals on SDGs

Canada's Centre for International Governance Innovation has released a policy brief entitled "Unitary Taxation of Multinationals: Implications for Sustainable Development". The report argues that tax avoidance, under existing international tax rules, allows for illicit financial and arms flows and this hinders sustainable development of African countries.

The report says that there are several barriers to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 of 'promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development'. It highlights five main messages: 

  • Treating multinational companies as separate entities for tax purposes allows multinational entities to erode tax bases and move profits to lower-tax jurisdictions. 
  • African countries are less likely to achieve SDGs if multinational entities engage in base erosion and profit shifting. 
  •  A new international tax system is needed to support the achievement of the SDGs. The system must tax profits where economic activities occur.
  • An option is to apply a unitary tax to multinational entities. This would treat multinational companies as a single entity and allocate global profit to the regions where the economic activity and value creation is taking place.
  •  The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) should promote unitary taxation.  

News release- Centre for International Governance Innovation


Canada supports Gambia's attempts to hold Myanmar accountable for genocide

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has announced that Canada recognizes the crimes against the Rohingya people as genocide and supports Gambia’s move to hold Myanmar accountable. Gambia submitted an application to the International Court of Justice to institute proceedings against the Government of Myanmar for violating the Genocide Convention. Canada supports the UN Fact-Finding Mission on this issue and is calling on the UN Security Council to take action in the International Criminal Court. Canada has committed to provide support to address the root causes of the crisis with the full participation of the Rohingya people. 

This action is an attempt to hold the Government of Myanmar accountable for the mass murder, discrimination, and sexual and gender-based violence against the Rohingya people, including the actions taken to force 740,000 Rohingya to leave Myanmar. 

News release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada welcomes electoral audit mission to Bolivia

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, released a statement of approval regarding the Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observer Mission's call for new elections in Bolivia . 

The OAS mission audit brought to light a failure to uphold a democratic process in Bolivia's federal election on October 20, 2019. Since then, mass protests have rocked the nation, President Morales has resigned, and Bolivia has entered a transition period while preparing for the new election. 

Canada calls on an independent and impartial Bolivian electoral authority and the observation mission led by the OAS to instate a fair and transparent election process. Canada urges Bolivian political and social actors to avoid violence and has committed to continue to support this democratic process financially and through providing relevant election expertise.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada's IDRC helps sponsor the World Veterinary Vaccine Congress

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) will join 600 veterinary vaccine experts and specialists in Barcelona from October 28- 31, 2019 for the World Veterinary Vaccine Congress where the latest developments in veterinary vaccine research and development will be discussed.  IDRC is a sponsor of the World Veterinary Vaccine Congress.

IDRC will specifically be involved in sessions at the conference that highlight how their Livestock Health program is focused on improving the health of livestock and protecting small farmers. IDRC-funded research on the African Swine Fever vaccine will be presented and IDRC's Senior Program Specialist, Musa Mulongo and IDRC's Program Leader of the Livestock Health program,  Kevin Tiessen, will show how IDRC delivers innovations to low-income beneficiaries through building strategic and appropriate public and private sector partnerships. 

Press release - IDRC