Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $50 million in funding to help vulnerable countries prepare for and respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As part of this, Canada will immediately provide $8 million of this funding to experienced humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Today on World NGO Day, we are proud to showcase and celebrate the work of all non-governmental organizations that identify global problems and bring forward innovative solutions with compassion and determination.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Government of Canada dedicated the first week of February to highlighting the actions of Canadian international assistance workers striving to improve peoples’ lives and our planet’s well-being.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “On the occasion of the 30th International Development Week [IDW], I am reminded of the incredible generosity and compassion that Canadians demonstrate here at home and around the world. Nearly 30 years ago, the Government of Canada dedicated the first week of February to highlighting the actions of Canadian international assistance workers who strive to improve peoples’ lives and our planet’s well-being. Since then, every year, we take this opportunity to celebrate the vision Canadians have for a better world. ”
As we celebrate 100 years since the birth of the original Prime Minister [Pierre Elliott] Trudeau, it is worthwhile to reflect on what has changed since his time in office and what remains the same and where Canada’s current approach to the world is going and should go.
Millions of people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes and their countries due to conflict and persecution. As unresolved refugee and humanitarian crises continue, nations must work together to help advance solutions. Canada will continue to lead by example.