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  1. Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, has been elected president of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a 1-year term.
  2. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Mark Berman becomes High Commissioner in Jamaica. Mr. Berman replaces Emina Tudakovic.
  3. Mark Berman (BA [Political Science and International Relations], University of Saskatchewan, 1982; LLB, University of Saskatchewan, 1986; LLM, London School of Economics, 1989) joined the Government of Canada in 1989 as adviser to the minister of the environment; he then served as executive assistant to the deputy minister of the environment. In 1993, he joined the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi as a legal officer. After 6 years in Nairobi and Geneva, he returned to Canada as a director in the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. He then joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2000 as deputy director for human security and peacebuilding. In 2005, he returned to Environment Canada as director for climate change negotiations. In 2008, he was seconded to CIDA’s Multilateral Branch as acting director general for environmental sustainability and economic growth. In 2009, Mr. Berman joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as executive director for Climate and Energy and Canada’s representative on the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol. He served as executive director for international crime and terrorism in 2012 and was appointed director general for consular policy in 2017. Most recently, he served as high commissioner in Guyana and ambassador to Suriname and the Caribbean Community.
  4. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), will travel to Costa Rica from July 24 to July 26, 2024, for an official consular relations and bilateral visit.
  5. July 24, 2024 - Tokyo, Japan - Global Affairs Canada Since the elevation of Canada’s Strategic Partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in September 2023, Canada has increased its diplomatic and political engagement across the ASEAN region, demonstrating its value and concrete commitment as an active and reliable partner to ASEAN.
  6. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will visit Japan from July 22 to 24, 2024.
  7. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, will participate in the G20 Development Ministerial Meeting, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 22 and 23, 2024.
  8. From July 14 to 16, 2024, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, visited Central America and announced $35.75 million in development funding and $5.4 million in humanitarian funding, met with counterparts and saw first-hand the impact of Canadian development projects in Guatemala and Honduras.
  9. During his trip to Guatemala and Honduras, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, met with local authorities, partners representatives and beneficiaries with whom he discussed the challenges and barriers women and young people face daily. There, he announced $41.15 million in funding to tackle these issues.
  10. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, paid an official visit today to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, at the invitation of Wang Yi, China’s Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  11. During the meeting, Minister Ng reiterated Canada’s strong commitment to an open, fair, inclusive and rules-based trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core. She also highlighted that countries, including Canada, are facing unfair competition from the increased use of non-market policies and practices that are leading to significant overcapacity, including in electrical vehicle (EV) production.
  12. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, met with Ken Saito, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, on the margins of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Trade.
  13. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, met with Robert Habeck, Germany’s Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, on the margins of the G7 Trade Ministers’ Meeting.
  14. Canada and the Republic of Korea (Korea) are building a stronger bilateral partnership. As directed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Yoon Suk Yeol in May 2023, we, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Korea, have agreed to an Action Plan to implement the Canada-Korea Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).
  15. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a successful visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  16. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she is visiting Beijing, People’s Republic of China, on July 19, 2024, at the invitation of Wang Yi, China’s Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  17. “Today, Canada honours the memory of those who lost their lives in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17..."
  18. Minister Ng expressed Canada’s appreciation of Italy’s 2024 G7 presidency and welcomed the strong outcomes of the G7 Summit in Apulia, which will foster global economic growth that will benefit all citizens and future generations.
  19. The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, will provide an update regarding the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) import requirements for all dogs entering the U.S. from Canada, coming into effect on August 1, 2024.
  20. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea (Korea), on July 18, 2024.
  21. The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their deep concern about the declining freedom of media in Georgia.
  22. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
  23. Patricia Atkinson (BA Hons [Social Sciences], University of Ottawa, 2002) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2003, following an internship in Lithuania.
  24. Canadians deserve better access to health care services and affordable medicines, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. However, the health system in Canada has been facing significant challenges, such as overwhelmed emergency rooms, lack of access to a family doctor, and health care workers under enormous strain. The Government of Canada knows concerted and collaborative efforts by federal, provincial, and territorial governments are needed to continue to address these challenges.
  25. “We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union, join the UN and the European Union in condemning the announcement by Finance Minister of Israel Smotrich that five outposts are to be legalized in the West Bank..."
  26. “Today, Canada reflects on the genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys and the displacement of over 20,000 women and children, who were forcibly expelled from their homes by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
  27. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment:
  28. Christopher Duggan (BA Hons [International Development Studies and Earth Sciences], Dalhousie University, 1999; MA [Public Policy and Administration—International Stream], Carleton University, 2002) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002.
  29. At the start of what is predicted to be a devastating hurricane season, Canada is providing support to the Caribbean Region in the wake of Hurricane Beryl.
  30. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that she will participate in the 75th anniversary Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Washington, D.C., from July 9 to 11, 2024, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence.
  31. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with the Right Honourable David Lammy, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.
  32. The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition note with deep concern the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in Russia.
  33. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will visit London, United Kingdom, from July 7 to 8, 2024.
  34. Michelle Cameron (BSc [Advanced Major Biology], Dalhousie University, 1992; BSc [Health Promotion], Dalhousie University, 1995) was a teacher and entrepreneur before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002.
  35. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
  36. Canada is extremely disappointed that the UN organizers have excluded non-Taliban Afghan participants, including women's advocates, religious and ethnic minorities, and human rights groups from participating in the meeting’s main sessions.
  37. The Honourable Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded his visit to Paraguay, where he led Canada’s delegation to the 54th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) from June 26 to 28, 2024.
  38. Canada has announced a total of $6.3 million in funding for three projects that support Colombia’s peacebuilding process. It is being distributed as follows:
  39. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Extremist Settler Violence) Regulations.
  40. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions against seven individuals and five entities in response to the grave breach of international peace and security posed by their violent and destabilizing actions against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.
  41. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico’s president-elect, and with Juan Ramón de la Fuente, the incoming Secretary of Foreign Affairs, in Mexico City. Minister Joly congratulated president-elect Sheinbaum on her historic electoral victory that will see her become the first woman president of Mexico and congratulated the incoming Secretary on his appointment.
  42. In line with Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, important strides have been made towards establishing Canada’s first mission to Fiji. Canada now has a second resident diplomat in Suva as Canada’s first Head of Cooperation in the region to strengthen development cooperation with Pacific Island Countries.
  43. As we enter hurricane season, which usually lasts from June 1 to November 30, Global Affairs Canada is reminding Canadians to be well prepared when travelling or living in areas prone to severe storms during this time.
  44. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will provide $5.7 million in new funding to support Haiti, in addition to $12.5 million that has been previously announced.
  45. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada will provide an additional $5.7 million to the United Nations Trust Fund for the MSS mission in Haiti.
  46. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement urging Canadians to leave Lebanon while they can:
  47. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing additional sanctions against nine individuals and two entities pursuant to the Special Economic Measures (Hamas Terrorist Attacks) Regulations, in response to the terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel on October 7, 2023, and the threat that Hamas and its affiliates pose to regional security.
  48. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Hamas Terrorist Attacks) Regulations. These sanctions are another clear example of Canada’s commitment to countering Hamas and its acts of terror, as well as its affiliates and financial networks.
  49. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Honourable Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Asunción, Paraguay, from June 26 to 29 to participate in the 54th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).
  50. Ambassador May’s visit to Xinjiang was part of Canada’s diplomatic engagement with Chinese officials and served as an opportunity to communicate Canadian concerns about the human rights situation directly to the leadership of Xinjiang.