Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Development and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on International Day of Peace

Statement

September 21, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development; and the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement:

“Today, as we celebrate the International Day of Peace and as the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary, we are reminded that the rules-based international order offers our best hope of both achieving peace and ending this pandemic. Peaceful cooperation is behind many of our greatest successes globally, nationally and within our communities.

“Canada will continue to work with partners around the globe toward a more peaceful and inclusive world, including as chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and co-chair of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network.

To achieve sustainable peace, women must be engaged in every aspect of it: from conflict prevention, peacemaking and humanitarian assistance to post-conflict recovery and state-building. Women are courageous defenders of human rights and fearless negotiators who make a difference for peace. 

“Canada remains committed to working with all countries to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals to build peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. Canada will continue to stand firm against attempts to use COVID-19 to foster discrimination and exclusion. 

“Today is a day to remind ourselves: in an interconnected world, it is through peace that we will achieve our potential as individuals, as societies and as a global community.” 

Contacts

Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Syrine.Khoury@international.gc.ca 

Guillaume Dumas
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development
Guillaume.Dumas@international.gc.ca 

Mathieu Genest
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Mathieu.Genest@cic.gc.ca 

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