The serious consequences of land degradation across the globe are now known—the resulting food insecurity, poverty, conflict and forced migration already affect 2 billion people. In the next few decades, desertification could create up to 135 million climate refugees.
Canada believes economic growth that works for everyone cannot be achieved without the full and equal participation of women. Yet women entrepreneurs in developing countries lack access to capital and face discriminatory laws that prevent them from growing their businesses.
Advancing gender equality is the most effective approach to eradicating extreme poverty and building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. Recent estimates indicate that countries are losing $160 trillion in wealth because of differences in lifetime earnings between women and men. Canada and its G7 partners have a shared commitment to strengthening the empowerment of women and girls in development policy and international assistance.
Canada and its G7 partners recognize that the ambitious push needed to accelerate progress toward the achievement of global sustainable development objectives requires a step change in both the quantity and quality of financing for development, as well as the full and equal participation of women.
Canada has become a global champion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, both at home and abroad. In launching the Feminist International Assistance Policy in 2017, Canada committed to expand innovative partnerships that have the greatest potential to close gender gaps and eliminate barriers to gender equality in order to effectively reduce poverty and support women’s rights movements and organizations in developing countries.
As part of Canada’s commitment to gender equality and women’s rights, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will launch a call to action to the private sector, investors and philanthropists to join Canada.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, along with Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, will co-host a meeting of G7 Finance and Development Ministers and Central Bank Governors from May 31 to June 2, 2018, in Whistler, British Columbia. The theme ofthis meeting will be “Investing in growth that works for everyone.”
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will receive today the CARE Global Leaders Network Humanitarian Award for her continued efforts to assist crisis-affected people around the world over the years, particularly women and girls, and her leadership role as Minister of International Development since November 2015.