Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced that Canada will host the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Ottawa Group on World Trade Organization Reform on June 15, 2020.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the ninth call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Republic of Korea and Singapore.
On behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, today reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament during a virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament.
The ministers also discussed their common priorities for the upcoming virtual meeting of the Ottawa Group on World Trade Organization (WTO) Reform. These priorities include greater transparency regarding export restrictions taken by a number of countries, and ways to ensure the smooth flow of trade for the benefit of our citizens as countries begin to gradually reopen their economies.
The Minister outlined Canada’s contributions to the Coalition across all five lines of the Coalition’s efforts to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria including preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders and tackling Daesh’s financing and economic infrastructure.
At the invitation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group met virtually today to reaffirm our shared determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and to create conditions for an enduring defeat of the terrorist group, which remains the Coalition’s sole purpose, through a comprehensive, multifaceted effort.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke yesterday with Simon Birmingham, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, about the need for continued global cooperation to keep our people healthy and safe while mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19.
On International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Canadians from coast to coast to coast recognize the important work of the women and men who serve in UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, putting themselves at risk to help the most vulnerable who are threatened by conflict and violence.