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Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Development and Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade on International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The Government of Canada is committed to the fight against racism and systemic racial discrimination. We recognize that racism is pervasive and a lived reality for many people in this country, including Indigenous peoples and Black and Asian Canadians and many racialized communities.


Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development to mark 10 years since the peaceful protests in Syria

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “Ten years ago, Syrians peacefully stood up to demand change and a better future for their children. Their bravery was brutally repressed, and in the decade that followed, Syrians repeatedly suffered human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Assad regime has engaged in torture, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and the use of chemical weapons. The regime and its enablers—notably Russia—have also deliberately attacked civilian targets, including hospitals and schools.


Statement on International Development Week

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The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement on International Development Week 2021, which runs from February 7 to 13:


Statement by International Development Minister on educational materials used by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East 

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“I was deeply concerned when it was recently brought to the attention of Canada and other donors to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East [UNRWA] that certain educational materials used last year to support Palestinian refugee children during pandemic-related school closures in the West Bank and Gaza contained references that violated UN values of human rights, tolerance, neutrality and non-discrimination..."


Statement to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “In Canada and around the world, an estimated one in three women still experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. This abuse can occur in many forms, from intimate partner violence to rape, trafficking, female genital mutilation or cutting and child, early and forced marriage. Sadly, most survivors do not feel comfortable coming forward because of outdated stigmas, complex legal systems and the pain of reliving the events.


Statement on World Children’s Day

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“On World Children’s Day, Canada commits to taking action to improve the lives of children so that they can thrive and achieve their dreams and potential. The challenges are considerable. Worldwide, COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of 9 out of 10 learners. Almost 200 million of them are children, including adolescents and youths, living in countries facing humanitarian crises.


Canada and Zambia lead on UN resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

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Today, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on child, early and forced marriage. Canada is proud to have joined Zambia in leading this resolution, which received the support of a total of 114 co-sponsors from around the world. The resolution highlights concerning trends emerging in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and calls upon the international community to take concrete action to maintain and accelerate progress to end child, early and forced marriage.


Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development on United Nations Day

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“75 years ago, in the wake of the Second World War, the world was faced with a rebuilding project on a scale never before witnessed. Confronted with this monumental task, the international community turned outwards, creating the United Nations, whose architecture continues to underpin today's international order. The framers of the United Nations Charter knew that we go farther when we go together. They chose openness over isolationism, cooperation over rivalry, open palms over closed fists.


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