Parliamentary Secretary Goldsmith-Jones to attend international conference on supporting future of Syria and the region

News release

March 11, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is deeply committed to supporting the people of Syria and working with the international community to find a political solution to the conflict.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will represent Canada at the third conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, from March 12 to 14, 2019.

Parliamentary Secretary Goldsmith-Jones will use the conference as an opportunity to reaffirm Canada’s support for people affected by this conflict across the region, to call on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, and to engage with partners on efforts to hold perpetrators accountable.

She will also call for protection and access for humanitarian workers within Syria and the need for women to be included in peace negotiations and accountability efforts.


“This conference is an opportunity for the international community to work together to help address the needs of the Syrian people. I look forward to meeting with Syrian women to discuss their ongoing contributions to ending the crisis. Canada will continue to press for the integration of women and their contributions in all matters of governance, security and stabilization, at all levels.”

- Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs)

Quick facts

  • Since 2016, Canada has invested $2.1 billion in its Middle East strategy, our largest foreign political and military commitment.

  • This will be the third Brussels conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region and the third attended by Canada. This meeting is the largest one on the crisis in Syria.

  • The conference will reaffirm the international community’s solidarity with countries and communities hosting Syrian refugees, and the challenges that they are facing, with particular attention to the perspectives of Syrian women.

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