Canada honors "remarkable resilience" of women humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

Canada’s minister of international development and minister for women and gender equality, Maryam Monsef, released a statement acknowledging the important service of humanitarian workers and specifically highlighting the crucial role of women around the world in crisis response. Minister Monsef stated that Canada will always support needs-based and neutral humanitarian action. Canada has recently implemented a new gender-responsive humanitarian action policy. 

The focus on women for this year's World Humanitarian Day comes after a second-deadliest year for humanitarian workers on record; the 2019 Aid Worker Security Report documented pervasive sexual violence against female humanitarian workers, and strongly emphasized the need for improved awareness and reporting of sexual harassment and assault, as well as proactive and responsive safety measures for female workers in the field.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada 


Canada urges Jammu and Kashmir to engage in peaceful dialogue

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, announced that Canada is closely following the developments in Jammu and Kashmir, and is concerned with the infringements on civil rights, detentions and the potential for escalation in the region. Canada encourages all involved parties to maintain peace and stability. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces new diplomatic appointments

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has released the following new diplomatic appointments:

  • Hugh Adsett has replaced Jennifer Loten as ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C;
  • Madeleine Chenette has replaced Michelle d’Auray as ambassador and permanent representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in Paris; and
  • Leslie E. Norton replaced Rosemary McCarney as ambassador and prmanent representative to the Office of the United Nations and to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, in Geneva. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces support for Mozambique peace agreement

Following the signing of the Maputo Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mozambique by the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and the Renamo leader, Ossufo Momade, Canada has announced its support for the efforts to pursue sustainable peace. 

Canada also contributed US$1 million to support the implementation of the peace process. This funding will go toward reconciliation and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. Canada has shared its willingness to assist in the next step for Mozambique, administering free and fair elections. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada 


Canada will attend the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela

Venezuela is set to host the International Conference for Democracy on August 6, 2019, in Lima, Peru. Rob Oliphant, Canada's parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, will attend the conference. Canada is a member of the Lima Group which was established to coordinate international efforts to address the Maduro regime.

The conference is a response to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' report on human rights abuses in Venezuela. The attendance of representatives from more than 50 countries demonstrates widespread engagement from the international community in the attempt to peacefully end the leadership crisis in Venezuela.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada


Canada criticizes North Korea's recent missile launches

Canada has condemned North Korea’s most recent short-range ballistic missile launch this month and supports regional and international efforts to restrain. The launches violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and undermine any diplomatic progress.

Canada called on North Korea to comply with its international obligations to maintain international peace and security, urging North Korea to entirely and irreversibly dismantle its weapons of mass destruction as well as its ballistic missile programs North dangerous actions being perpetrated by North Korea.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada supports Pakistani women's political empowerment initiatives

Canada's minister of international development and for women and gender equality, Maryam Monsef, announced five new projects to advance the political participation of women in Pakistan at the Canada-Pakistan Business Council’s 36th Anniversary Gala.

This US$16 million investment over four years will build on Canada's past women's empowerment programming in Pakistan through initiatives combatting the social and structural barriers that prevent women's active participation in democratic processes. These projects align with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy; they aim to increase the number of women voters, women political candidates, and women in power by strengthening local Pakistani civil society organizations engaged in the democratic process.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces global call for proposals to strengthen education systems

Canada's International Development Research Centre's (IDRC's) Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) has announced a global call for proposals to help improve education outcomes worldwide. The proposal call was issued in cooperation with the Global Partnership for Education and has a backing budget of US$63 million. 

Successful proposals will adapt and scale proven education innovations in the Global South and should align with Sustainable Development Goal 4: quality education.

Press release - IDRC

Proposal submission - IDRC


Canada releases second knowledge brief on gender and civil registration and vital statistics

Canada's International Development Research Centre and the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems released a knowledge brief entitled 'Strengthening CRVS systems, overcoming barriers, and empowering women and children'.

The brief was published in partnership with Open Data Watch to provide tools for policymakers, practitioners, and the research community to empower women and children around the world. This second set of papers builds a first set entitled 'Why CRVS systems matter for women and girls', which drew attention to the need to strengthen CRVS systems using a gender lens.

CRVS systems collect basic data about local populations, including births, deaths, marriages and other life events. The information is crucial for government planning and policymaking.

Press release- IDRC


Canada announces new funding for sexual and reproductive health

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has announced additional funding for health research in West Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa. This funding will support seven new research teams (in addition to the 10 teams funded in 2017-2018) to work on initiatives for adolescent sexual and reproductive health, on strengthening data and evidentiary findings, and on developing accountable health information systems. 

Projects will focus on generating new evidence while adopting a gender and rights-based approach and are designed to strengthen research leadership while supporting ongoing engagement with stakeholders to develop and implement policy. Each project will receive up to US$580,000 for up to five years. 

News release- IDRC

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