Canada is deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel and is committed to minimizing its impact on people in the region, as well as responding to the increasing needs of the most vulnerable.
“On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we recognize the urgency of accelerating progress toward ending poverty so that no one is left behind. Through the Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada is working to help the poorest and those in vulnerable situations by making gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls central to our efforts.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded his mission to Europe today with a stop in Lithuania, where he met with Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, to reiterate Canada’s support for the people of Belarus.
“Over the last 4 years, global hunger has been on the rise—and COVID-19 has exacerbated this trend. The COVID-19 health crisis is threatening to create a ‘hunger pandemic’ that could bring another 132 million people into chronic hunger. Earlier this week, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme [WFP] for ‘acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.’ The WFP is racing to reach people in 88 countries who are suffering from acute food insecurity and hunger because ‘Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos.’
Minister Champagne has been travelling to Greece, Austria, Belgium and Lithuania this week where he met with key European partners to discuss how the international community can address the situations in Belarus, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Eastern Mediterranean.