Joint statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Development and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on the International Day of Peace


September 21, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development; and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement:

“The International Day of Peace coincides this year with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which at the time of its writing—1948—put forth revolutionary ideas. As a result of that declaration, ongoing progress has been made with regard to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights, including women’s rights, the rights of LGBTQ2 persons and the rights of persons with disabilities.

“Crucially, the declaration recognized that respect for democratic norms and human rights is required for peace and stability.

“Canada will always stand up for human rights—at home and abroad—in order to build a world in which all human beings are equal in dignity and rights. We also recognize that achieving sustainable peace requires the full involvement of women and girls in the prevention and resolution of conflict.”

“On this International Day of Peace, we proudly restate Canada’s commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to individual freedoms and to democratic values, all of which are so vital for a peaceful world.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development

Mathieu Genest
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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