“Fifty years ago today, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [NPT] entered into force. As a critical part of the rules-based international order, the NPT continues to promote international peace and security by limiting the spread of the world’s most destructive weapons.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “Canada condemns in the strongest terms the deliberate attacks targeting civilians, schools, medical personnel and health-care facilities now occurring in Idlib, Syria. These ongoing attacks on innocent civilians by the Syrian regime, its supporters and foreign facilitators must end. The violence has had a disastrous impact on civilians, killing more than 298 since January 1, 2020, and displacing almost 950,000 since December 1, 2019.
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.
Members of the Lima Group met in Gatineau, Quebec, to reiterate our unity and unwavering commitment to the return of democracy in Venezuela, based on our fundamental values, principles and positions expressed in our previous statements. This includes a strict adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights.
On October 28, 2019, over 15,000 Georgian government websites and media outlets were taken offline and defaced in yet another attempt by Russia to destabilize Georgia and undermine its democratic institutions. According to our assessment, these actions were carried out by the Sandworm Team, who are sponsored by the cyber-units of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.
Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, the members of the International Coordination and Response Group for the victims of Flight PS752, held a second in-person meeting on the margins of the Munich Security Conference today to advance work on the framework of cooperation with Iran presented in London, United Kingdom, on January 16, 2020.
Recruiting children into conflict and using them as instruments of war is a grave violation of human rights. Whether they are forced to act as messengers, porters or spies, or made to carry a weapon, involving children and youth in conflict needlessly exposes them to danger, puts their lives at immediate risk and imposes on them a psychological burden that may last forever.
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. ”
Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement: “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) and European Union (EU) are both important partners for Canada and Canadian businesses. Canada welcomes the EU and the U.K. reaching a mutually agreeable path forward on the U.K.’s orderly departure from the EU, which includes a transition period until at least December 31, 2020.