Statement by ministers Dion and Bibeau on President Obama's Leaders' Summit on Refugees


June 4, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement regarding Canada’s co-hosting of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, 2016:

“We are pleased to announce that Canada will co-host this summit with the United States, along with Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Canada is deeply concerned by the global refugee crisis, and we are committed to promoting shared responsibility and to encouraging greater international solidarity in the face of this crisis. This summit is an opportunity for Canada to continue to lead by example. We will make concrete commitments to strengthen the protection and assistance given to refugees, and we will emphasize our shared humanity in order to shift the global narrative on displaced peoples.

“We are fully prepared to work with the UN Secretary-General and the governments of the United States and other co-hosting countries to advance these goals.”


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