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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Concern rises that Canada's spending on AIDs eradication will stagnate in election year

There is rising international concern that Canada's leadership in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is flagging. Two G7 countries, Britain and Japan, have recently announced increases to their 2016 pledges by 17% and 5%, respectively. No announcement by the Canadian Government has been made yet, leading many in medical and development circles to speculate that Canada will announce financing at a level equal to their past spending, without the increases the Global Fund is hoping to see in order to meet their most ambitious funding goals yet.

In 2016, Canada contributed US$619 million to the Global Fund, a 24% increase from previous allocations, consistent with the increases made every three years to the fund by previous Canadian governments. France will host the 2019 pledging conference in October, which falls in the middle of Canada’s federal election campaign. Whether there will be sufficient political will to offer heightened development funding during the campaign remains to be seen.

News article - Globe and Mail 

Canada announces Global Pledge for Media Freedom

Canada and the UK co-hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom on July 10-11, 2019 in London. At the event, with representatives from over 100 countries attending, the two host nations presented a Global Pledge on Media Freedom that commits these countries to collaboration in identifying and acting upon violations of the rights of members of the press.

Canada will contribute US$8 million annually to initiatives that promote and protect democracy; specifically, this funding will focus on supporting electoral processes and reinforcing democratic practices, with an initial US$1 million earmarked for UNESCO's Global Media Defense Fund.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada

Global Pledge on Media Freedom - Global Affairs Canada

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Canada supports interim power-sharing agreement in Sudan

Global Affairs Canada released a statement in support of the interim power-sharing agreement between the Sudanese Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change. The release also recognized the important role the African Union and Ethiopian envoys had during the mediation process. 

Canada sees the success of this new government as crucial for ensuring that Sudan is able to operate as a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous country.

News release- Global Affairs Canada