Statement by Minister Bibeau on World Humanitarian Day
August 19, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
On World Humanitarian Day, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, issued the following statement:
“The scale and complexity of today’s humanitarian crises is unprecedented. We face increasing food insecurity, conflict and famine, as well as more frequent and intense natural disasters all over the world.
“Canada recognizes the courage of aid workers, who face danger every day to reduce the suffering and uphold the human dignity of the most vulnerable people.
“Canada recognizes and respects the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. We will also work to ensure that humanitarian workers have safe access to populations in need of assistance.
“In 2016 to 2017, Canada provided more than $800 million in humanitarian assistance, which represents a 10% increase from last year.
“Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy puts human dignity, human rights and gender equality at the heart of everything that we do. In humanitarian settings, women and girls are often the most at risk. There is no question that by empowering them and defending their rights, we will be able to build a more peaceful and safer world for everyone.”
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