Minister Joly to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Raisina Dialogue in India

News release

February 28, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada 

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will be travelling to Delhi, India, to participate in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on March 1 and 2 and the Raisina Dialogue on March 3, 2023.

At the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the Minister will discuss India’s G20 agenda under the theme of “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” with a focus on accelerating progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2023. Minister Joly will engage with her counterparts on common challenges, including food and energy security, development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as effective multilateralism. She will address the acute challenges millions are facing around the world, which are compounded by Russia’s unjustifiable and illegal war against Ukraine. 

While in Delhi, Minister Joly will participate in the Raisina Dialogue, co-hosted by India’s Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation, one of India’s leading policy think tanks. She will participate in a panel discussion on the future of the G20 in a changing world.  

Throughout her visit, Minister Joly will also reinforce the importance of an open, free and secure Indo-Pacific as Canada continues to expand and invest in the region, creating more opportunities, and building more bridges under its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

During meetings with her counterparts, Minister Joly will reaffirm the core principle of territorial integrity for all states and the importance of upholding international rules and institutions. She will continue to refute Putin’s lies and hold Russia to account for its aggression against Ukraine.


“As the world continues to confront inflation, the rising cost of living and supply chain disruptions compounded by Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine, it has never been more critical for G20 and Indo-Pacific partners to demonstrate our resolve to make a real, lasting difference. Together, we must rise to the global challenges and build a better future for everyone. Canada welcomes India’s G20 Presidency and its leadership in organizing the Raisina Dialogue.”

  - Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • The G20 is the primary forum for international economic cooperation among its members. G20 members are the world's major economies and represent all inhabited continents. According to the International Monetary Fund in 2022, G20 members accounted for over 80 per cent of world GDP, roughly 75 per cent of global trade, and over 60 per cent of the world's population.

  • Held annually since 2016, the Raisina Dialogue is India’s premier conference on geoeconomics and geopolitics; and brings together government officials, business leaders, media and civil society to discuss the most challenging issues facing the global community.

  • The deep people-to-people connections between Canada and India are at the heart of our relationship. As of 2021, there were an estimated 1.3 million Canadians of Indian ethnic or cultural origin in Canada, and India is the primary source of immigrants to Canada.

  • In 2022, India was Canada’s 10th-largest merchandise trade partner (total trade), and the relationship has been steadily growing. The stock of two-way foreign direct investment between Canada and India amounted to $4.6 billion (total book value) in 2021, with Canadian direct investment in India standing at $2.9 billion (total book value). In addition, Canadian portfolio and institutional investment into India reached $70 billion.

  • The Indo-Pacific is Canada’s second-largest merchandise export market, after the United States, with annual 2-way trade valued at $266 billion in 2022.

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