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  1. March 2024 marked 13 years of the Syrian crisis, and humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels. Over 16 million people, approximately 70% of the country’s population, urgently require assistance. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Türkiye collectively host more than 6.8 million Syrian refugees.
  2. Canadians should have access to quality medicines, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. People should not have to choose between paying for their medications and putting food on the table. Unfortunately, many Canadians are still forced to make this impossible decision.
  3. Today, Canada alongside Australia, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, have issued the following statement on the situation in Myanmar:“We, Australia, Canada, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, are deeply concerned by the escalating conflict in Myanmar and in particular the increasing harm to civilians, which is driving a worsening and devastating human rights and humanitarian crisis across the country.
  4. Wednesday May 23, 2024 –The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, and the Honourable Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business, will make an important announcement related to access to Pharmacare.
  5. Conserva Aves will help members of communities, particularly women, Indigenous people and Afro-descendant people, conserve more than 2 million hectares of land spanning a variety of biodiverse ecosystems in 100 key sites across the Latin American and Caribbean region.
  6. During their meeting, Minister Ng emphasized the need for the 3 countries to continue working together to successfully implement CUSMA in support of North America’s economic security and global competitiveness. She also highlighted CUSMA’s key role in strengthening supply chains across sectors, such as for electric vehicle manufacturing and critical minerals.
  7. Minister Ng stressed the importance of continuing to implement CUSMA and strengthening North American economic ties which make the region attractive for Canadian investors. She reiterated her commitment to working with Mexico to ensure a stable and prosperous bilateral trade and investment relationship.
  8. Graham Dattels (BA Hons [International Development and Social Anthropology], Dalhousie University, 1998; MSc [Management of Non-governmental Organizations], London School of Economics and Political Science, 2001) started his international career working for non-governmental organizations in Honduras and India; he joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 2003.
  9. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
  10. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing additional sanctions on two individuals and six entities under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. These sanctions are being imposed in coordination with Canada’s international partners.
  11. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today successfully concluded her visit to Cyprus, Lebanon, Türkiye and Greece, which took place from May 13 to 17, 2024
  12. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development; and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:
  13. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, has concluded a trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania that focused on advancing development initiatives within each of the 2 countries, as well as strengthening our relationships across Africa and with the African Union (AU). During his trip, he announced Canada’s commitment to provide $194 million toward impactful development programming.
  14. Canada is gravely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and by reports of a ground offensive into Rafah. A military operation into Rafah will have disastrous consequences. About 1.5 million Palestinians are taking refuge in the area. There is nowhere for them to go and limited access to aid.
  15. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act. These are the first sanctions measures listing extremist Israeli settlers. Canada remains concerned with extremist settler violence and will examine additional measures 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.
  16. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions against 4 extremist Israeli settlers in response to the grave breach of international peace and security posed by their violent and destabilizing actions against Palestinian civilians and their property
  17. May 13, 2024 – Canada will host the 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Ottawa, Ontario, from June 17 to 20, 2024.
  18. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will be travelling to Cyprus, Lebanon, Türkiye and Greece from May 13 to 17, 2024.
  19. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, during his visit to Ottawa.
  20. Today, Global Affairs Canada issued this statement: “In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181 and agreed that the only viable solution for peace in the Middle East was the creation of two states. However, 75 years later, the full promise of that vision has not been fulfilled.
  21. 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.
  22. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions against four additional individuals in response to the terrorist attack by Hamas in Israel that began on October 7, 2023, and the threat that Hamas and its affiliates pose to regional security.
  23. During their meeting, Minister Joly and Secretary Manalo discussed the strong people-to-people ties that serve as the foundation of our bilateral relationship, as well as shared priorities, such as defence and security cooperation, maritime affairs, climate action, human rights, and economic resilience...
  24. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Joyce Napier
  25. Joyce Napier is a former political journalist and foreign correspondent. She reported in both official languages in Canada and abroad for more than 40 years, covering some of the most important news events of the modern era.
  26. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will host Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, during his visit to Ottawa from May 9-10.
  27. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s decision by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 panel on U.S. countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber:
  28. Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:“Canada remains committed to taking every possible step to ensure the safety and security of Canadians both at home and abroad.“The Government of Canada has taken extraordinary measures to repatriate 6 Canadian children from northeastern Syria.
  29. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement.
  30. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will welcome Enrique A. Manalo, Secretary for Foreign Affairs for the Philippines, to Ottawa on May 8, 2024.
  31. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavut, on May 5-6, 2024, to meet with territorial premiers on the margins of the Northern Premiers Forum. She will be joined by the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, and by the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs.
  32. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, accompanied by Fayçal El-Khoury, Member of Parliament for Laval-Les Îles, Quebec, Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, Nova Scotia, as well as members of Canada’s Lebanese community in Montréal, announced that Canada is providing $65 million in international assistance funding, including $27 million in humanitarian assistance funding and $38 million in development assistance funding to Lebanon.
  33. Today, the second edition of the Flight PS752 Commemorative Scholarship opened for applications for the 2024 to 2025 academic year.
  34. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, minister of Foreign Affairs, will do a site visit in Regina to highlight the federal budget’s economic investment tax credits that will attract private investment, create more jobs and drive Canada’s economy towards net-zero by 2050.
  35. April 25, 2024 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Global Affairs Canada The federal government recently tabled Budget 2024: Fairness for Every Generation. It is a plan to build a Canada that works better for everyone, where younger generations can get ahead, where their hard work pays off, and where they can buy a home—where everyone has a fair chance at a good middle-class life.
  36. The federal government recently delivered Budget 2024: Fairness for Every Generation.
  37. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada is imposing additional sanctions against Iran under the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations.
  38. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions against Iran by listing two individuals and two entities that are part of Islamic Republic of Iran in response to Iran’s continued grave breaches of international peace and security, which result in serious international crises.
  39. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will do a site visit in Saskatoon to highlight the federal budget’s investments to support EV supply chain and secure the future of Canada’s automotive industry.
  40. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with stakeholders from the housing sector in Québec City, Québec to highlight Budget 2024’s Public Lands for Home Plan.
  41. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement marking the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace:
  42. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development will make an announcement in Sault Ste. Marie to highlight the federal budget’s investments on Canada’s housing plan. Minister Hussen will be joined by Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie.
  43. The federal government recently delivered Budget 2024: Fairness for Every Generation
  44. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development will will make an announcement in Winnipeg to highlight the federal budget’s investments to support small businesses...
  45. François Lafrenière (BA [Economics], Laval University, 1986) worked for a Montréal-based international development organization from 1990 to 2005—including as Asia regional director for 5 years—and lived and worked in several Asian countries, including Cambodia, India, Nepal and Vietnam.
  46. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: François Lafrenière
  47. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya during her visit to Ottawa.
  48. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she is travelling to Italy and the Holy See and will be in Rome on April 16 and in Capri from April 17 to 19.
  49. Canada is deeply concerned by the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan, which was exacerbated by the outbreak of conflict in April 2023 and has displaced more than 6.5 million people within the country and has forced another 1.8 million to flee to neighbouring countries.
  50. Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions on 21 individuals who are involved or complicit in ongoing human rights violations in Belarus since the fraudulent presidential election of 2020.