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Canada forms International Coordination and Response Group in recogniton of victims of Flight PS752

Canada has announced the formation of the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight PS752. The flight was shot down by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. All 176 passengers and crew on board were killed. Fifty-seven were Canadian citizens. 

The Response Group consists of officials from Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, and the UK, and is led by Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne. The group has already held a call and agree on the need for a full and transparent investigation of the causes of the crash. The priority of the group is to assist families and loved ones of victims of Flight PS752 in getting the answers they deserve. The group will continue to work with international partners to ensure transparency and accountability in the investigation.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada

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Canada supports Australia in fighting wildfires

Since December 3, 2019, 100 Canadian fire management personnel have been sent to Australia to assist with the efforts against the major, ongoing bushfires. The majority of Canadian fire experts in Australia are there to assist with aviation, logistics, fire behavior, and provide relief to the non-stop work required of the Australian staff.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, has stated that more Canadian personnel are on their way to Australia to provide assistance. Champagne has communicated to Australia that Canada is prepared to consider providing more support as necessary. 

Press release - Global Affairs Canada 

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Canada decries Russian-Chinese veto of UN's humanitarian assistance to Syria

Canada's  Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, and Canada's Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, have stated that Canada opposes China's and Russia's veto of the UN resolution to continue vital cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria. Canada believes that this veto will prevent millions of Syrians currently living in regions suffering from ongoing violence and airstrikes from receiving the immediate assistance they require. 

Canada called on all involved parties to remove and reduce barriers to providing quick and safe humanitarian assistance to Syrian people in need of support. 

Press release- Global Affairs Canada 

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Canada takes leadership role in refugee protection

At the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, Canada announced a commitment of US$38 million over the next four years to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This funding is intended to assist UNHCR in responding to the humanitarian needs of refugees, globally.  

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, also pledged Canada's support to the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative and has introduced a dedicated refugee stream for at-risk human rights advocates, journalists, and humanitarian workers. Further, Canada is launching the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, which assists qualified refugees in integrating into the labor market and plans to establish multi-year resettlement commitments in 2021 to support the resettlement of women and girls.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Canada to join NATO's Cyber Defence Research Centre

Canada is now in the process of joining the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). The defense hub is eleven years old and Canada is one of the last NATO countries to join. CCDCOE, which includes members from 25 states (22 NATO nations and three NATO-allied contributing participants), is a military think-tank and is a leader in developing cyber defense solutions through multinational and interdisciplinary approaches. It does not defend against cyberattacks but instead conducts research and delivers training and exercises within four key areas of cybersecurity: technology, strategy, operations and law.

Press release- Open Canada 

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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

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Canada funds women’s reproductive health services in Pakistan

Canada's minister of international development, Karina Gould, has announced that Canada has committed US$16 million over five years to support a gender-sensitive approach to women’s reproductive health services in Pakistan. The Healthy Families Pakistan initiative, led by the UN Population Fund and the Aga Khan Development Network, provides adolescent girls with safe and accessible sexual and reproductive health services. The project also plans to tackle the social and cultural barriers adolescent girls and women face in accessing health services.  

Canada believes women and adolescent girls must have autonomy over their own bodies and decisions in order to have a just, equal, and prosperous world where women and girls have the opportunity to develop to their full potential and fully contribute to society and their communities.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada 

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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

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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 

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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

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