Minister Joly to travel to Europe to engage with partners on international peace and security priorities

News release

November 28, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to the Netherlands, Romania and Poland from November 28 to December 2, 2022, to participate in meetings with foreign ministers from NATO, the G7 and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and engage with her counterparts on shared foreign policy and security priorities.

While in The Hague, Netherlands, Minister Joly will co-chair, on November 28, the High-Level Roundtable on Anti-corruption with her counterparts from Ecuador and the Netherlands. The ministers will discuss efforts to advance global anti-corruption commitments, including the potential establishment of an international anti-corruption court. Minister Joly will also meet with Wopke Hoekstra, the Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss issues of mutual concern, including regional security, human rights and the upcoming Canada-Netherlands Strategic Dialogue.

While in Bucharest, Romania, Minister Joly will attend the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting from November 29 to 30. She will also meet with G7 allies and partners on the margins of the NATO meeting to discuss coordinated support to help Ukraine protect its energy infrastructure amid continued attacks by Russia.

At the NATO meeting, Allies and NATO Invitees Finland and Sweden will discuss ongoing work to strengthen transatlantic security and address shared challenges, including the impacts of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Foreign ministers will also meet with their counterparts from Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova to strengthen their partnerships and discuss the challenges facing the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region.

While in Łódź, Poland, Minister Joly will attend the OSCE’s Ministerial Council from December 1 to 2. The Minister will highlight Canadian priorities, including promoting democracy and gender equality across the OSCE region and holding Russia to account for its ongoing war in Ukraine.

Quotes

“In the last year alone, the world has experienced significant challenges to international peace and security, including with Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine. We have also witnessed egregious human rights violations perpetrated by multiple malign actors, many of whom aim to challenge our democratic principles, structures and rules-based international order.  I look forward to engaging with my counterparts over the coming days to discuss how we can continue to effectively work together to address these shared challenges.”

    - Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • At the first Summit for Democracy, held in December 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to addressing three themes: advancing democracy and defending against authoritarianism; fighting corruption; and advancing respect for human rights.

  • The High-Level Roundtable on Anti-corruption, to be co-chaired by Minister Joly on November 28, delivers on Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to convene a high-level roundtable to explore ways to strengthen the international anti-corruption legal framework.

  • Canada was a co-founder of NATO in 1949. Today, the Alliance consists of 30 member states united in their commitment to transatlantic security and defence. Canada ranks sixth in NATO with respect to defence spending in terms of real dollars.

  • Canada is a participating state of the OSCE, the world’s largest regional security organization, and one of the original signatories of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975, which led to the creation of the OSCE. The organization comprises 57 participating states and several partner states.

  • Canada is the sixth-largest financial contributor to OSCE operations.

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