The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will attend meetings held during the high-level segment of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Minister will participate in a number of events addressing critical international issues and highlight the importance of multilateral global cooperation.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
Rachael Bedlington becomes Consul General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China). Ms. Bedlington replaces Jeff Nankivell.
Christopher Cooter becomes High Commissioner in the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Cooter replaces Sandra McCardell.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity around the world by disrupting food production, supply and distribution. Acute hunger is increasing not only in scale but also in severity, with over 41 million people worldwide at risk of falling into famine or famine-like conditions. Immediate action is required to respond to this unprecedented emergency in global hunger and malnutrition.
Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 is the best way of protecting everyone from COVID-19, because no one is safe until everyone is safe. The government and Canadians can make a difference together by helping to ensure that life-saving COVID-19 vaccines reach people regardless of where they live.
Canada is committed to helping other countries combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to supporting their economic recovery and resilience. The Philippines continues to face high COVID-19 rates, and a range of restrictions remain in place, affecting livelihoods and access to education and health care, as well as increasing the strain on the advancement of peace and development on Mindanao.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act in response to the ongoing, gross and systematic violations of human rights in Belarus. These new measures impose restrictions on key sectors of the Belarusian economy and minimize Belarusian state actors’ access to international finance. The targeted sectors include transferrable securities and money market instruments, debt financing, insurance and reinsurance, petroleum products and potassium chloride products. These measures are being taken in solidarity with those of international partners.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will share over 82,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago via a bilateral agreement. These are doses that had already arrived in Canada, but are in excess of our domestic needs. Trinidad and Tobago was selected to receive these doses based on need and the country’s capacity to deploy them immediately, minimizing wastage, and maximizing the public health impact.