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  1. Canada is committed to empowering youth at home and around the world. Improving their access to education, amplifying their voices and engaging with them so they can influence decisions that directly affect them are key ways to ensure intergenerational solidarity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which is the theme of this year’s International Youth Day.
  2. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, today finished his first visit to Jordan as minister of international development.
  3. Canada has announced $25 million in development assistance funding for 5 projects in Jordan that is being distributed as follows
  4. Today marks the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan, a relationship built upon warm people-to-people ties, including a vibrant Azerbaijani community, which forms an essential part of Canada’s diversity, prosperity and success.
  5. “We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, reiterate our strongest condemnation of the ongoing unprovoked and unjustifiable war of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The Russian Federation must immediately withdraw its troops from within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and respect Ukraine’s territory and sovereignty.
  6. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments
  7. David Da Silva (BA Joint Hons [Geography and Political Science], McGill University, 2000; MSc [Urban Geography], London School of Economics, 2001) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002.
  8. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, today issued the following statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous peoples.
  9. Canadians deserve to feel safe in their communities. That is why the Government of Canada has a comprehensive plan that gets firearms off our streets and more resources into our communities. A central part of this is the recently introduced Bill C-21. The bill addresses the alarming role of guns in gender based violence, gets tough on organized crime and most significantly introduces a national freeze on the sale, transfer and ownership of handguns, anywhere in Canada.
  10. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
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  12. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, in Montréal, Quebec.
  13. “We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, reaffirm our shared commitment to maintaining the rules-based international order, peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and beyond.
  14. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with her counterpart from Germany, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, on August 3, in Montreal.
  15. “We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are steadfast in our condemnation of Russia’s brutal, unprovoked, unjustifiable and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine. We condemn and will not recognize Russia’s continued attempts to redraw borders by force. This constitutes a blatant violation of international law, in particular, a serious breach of the Charter of the United Nations, and seriously undermines the international rules-based system. We reiterate our demand that Russia put an end to this war of choice, immediately and unconditionally cease all hostilities, and withdraw its troops and military equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
  16. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold a press conference with her counterpart from Germany, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, on August 3, in Montreal. This media availability will take place during the German Federal Foreign Minister’s visit to Canada. The ministers will discuss the special role of Canada and Germany, as close partners in the vital transatlantic alliance, in confronting the growing geopolitical instability. Key issues will include supporting Ukraine and defending global and regional peace and security, and dealing with the implications of Russia’s unjustifiable war of aggression, including energy and food security crises.
  17. In the years leading up to and during the Holocaust, an estimated 500,000 Roma and Sinti children, women, and men were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. This horrific crime is known in Romani as the Porajmos [the devouring] and the Samudaripen [the mass killing], and it must never be forgotten.
  18. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing further sanctions in relation to Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
  19. The ministers will meet to build on the strength of the transatlantic partnership between their countries in the face of growing geopolitical instability. They will reaffirm their mutual commitment to standing up for democracy and international peace and stability, and to holding President Vladimir Putin accountable for his unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
  20. No matter where you live, every human being should have the same fundamental human rights regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is why Canada continues to stand up to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2-spirit and intersex (LGBTQ2I) persons around the world.
  21. Canada has announced $9 million in funding to support marginalized LGBTQ2I communities in developing countries around the world. This funding is distributed as follows.
  22. The Government of Canada is committed to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, addressing the stigma and discrimination faced by key populations and ensuring that women and girls in all their diversity are able to make decisions about their bodie
  23. “We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, strongly condemn the four executions by the military junta in Myanmar.
  24. Minister Joly highlighted the value of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Canada’s commitment, as a friend of Tunisia, to continuing to support the Tunisian people and to accompanying the country in its democratic transition.
  25. A joint statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union, and the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, condemning the military regime’s execution of pro-democracy and opposition leaders in Myanmar:
  26. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada welcomes today’s agreement among Russia, Ukraine and Türkiye on lifting the de facto blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in order to resume the export of grain to the world.
  27. The Governments of Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands today issued the following statement: “Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands welcome the decision of the International Court of Justice of today, 22 July 2022, on the Court’s jurisdiction and the admissibility of the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar alleging violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention).
  28. Projects funded through the Digital Citizen Contribution Program will strengthen citizens’ critical thinking about disinformation and enhance their ability to get involved in democratic processes
  29. “We reiterate our support for Ukraine’s application instituting proceedings against the Russian Federation before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which seeks to establish that Russia has no lawful basis to take military action in Ukraine on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of genocide.”
  30. Canada welcomes the UN Security Council’s authorization for the use of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing in northwest Syria for six months. The Syrian cross-border mechanism is a vital tool that helps provide life-saving humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies, to approximately 2.4 million Syrians each month in hard-to-reach areas.
  31. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Guatemala and Honduras from July 11 to 16, 2022.
  32. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada intends to impose further sanctions in relation to Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. These sanctions build on the extensive sanctions that Canada continues to impose on the Russian regime, including those announced by Minister Joly at the G20 in Bali, Indonesia on July 8.
  33. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded a productive trip to Bali, Indonesia, where she participated in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on July 7 and 8.
  34. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Senator Penny Wong, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
  35. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced additional sanctions in relation to Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, while attending the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
  36. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will be travelling to Bali, Indonesia, from July 6 to 9, 2022, to participate in the G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting.
  37. Providing young people in developing countries with more opportunities to complete vocational training makes it easier for them to find good work and reach their full potential. Canada is committed to supporting programs that help young people get the skills they need to succeed and contribute to the economic success of their communities and their countries.
  38. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that the Honourable Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Lugano, Switzerland, and London, United Kingdom, from July 4 to July 6, 2022.
  39. From across the Pacific, Canada witnessed the historic return of Hong Kong on July 1, 1997, to Chinese sovereignty and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Canada has closely followed the events that have shaped the Special Administrative Region over the last 25 years and have led to this milestone.
  40. Conflict, increasing food insecurity, the climate crisis and the COVID 19 pandemic have disrupted education for millions of children and youth worldwide, particularly the most marginalized including those who are displaced, especially girls and adolescent girls. Canada remains committed to working with partners and youth to help ensure quality education and lifelong learning opportunities are available to all children.
  41. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today an expansion of Canada’s diplomatic presence and capacity in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
  42. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive trip to Kigali, Rwanda, where she participated in the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting
  43. As the world faces a food security crisis, Canada remains committed to being a reliable global partner in addressing global hunger, taking action on climate change, and collaborating with like-minded partners on solutions to lift people out of extreme poverty.
  44. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, will attend the Uniting for Global Food Security Ministerial Conference in Berlin, Germany, on June 24. The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will participate virtually.
  45. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced Canada’s intention to further strengthen its diplomatic relationship with Rwanda by converting the Canadian office in Kigali into a high commission.
  46. Today, the CRTC adopted a new approach to ensure that the CBC∕ Radio-Canada’s programming meets the needs and interests of all Canadians, in both official languages, across all its services. The CRTC is also introducing new spending requirements that will promote the creation of more diverse content.
  47. Immunizing a critical mass of the world’s population is crucial in getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Many countries in the Global South, however, continue to encounter challenges in getting vaccines into arms, particularly in remote communities.
  48. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Kigali, Rwanda, from June 22 to 25 to attend the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting. The Minister will then travel to Madrid, Spain, from June 28 to 30 to attend the NATO Leaders’ Summit along with Prime Minister Trudeau.
  49. Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced the appointment of Dr. Dorothy Nyambi as chairperson of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC’s) Board of Governors, as well as the appointment of several board members.
  50. The Rohingya crisis and the political, security, humanitarian and economic crises that followed the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar continue to affect millions of people in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Canada is committed to maintaining a leadership role to help uphold sustainable peace and security, democracy, human rights and accountability. Canada will continue to help support Rohingya refugees, host communities in Bangladesh and the people of Myanmar most affected by these crises.