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Foreign Affairs Minister reaffirms Canada’s commitment to Americas 

Washington – Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has concluded her participation at the Organization of American States General Assembly in Washington, DC.

At the General Assembly, the Minister reiterated the importance of multilateral actions to respond to political and humanitarian crises in the hemisphere. She underscored the need for concerted action to restore the fundamental democratic and human rights of the people of Venezuela. She also highlighted Canada’s contributions to the Caribbean at a time when many countries there are still recovering from the devastating 2017 hurricane season.

Minister Freeland announced, on behalf of the Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, $79.21 million in funding for nine projects to support women and adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights, prevent gender-based violence, increase women’s political participation, improve water security for vulnerable populations—especially women—support climate resilience efforts and increase incomes among smallholder farming families, with an emphasis on woman farmers. This funding demonstrates Canada’s commitment to strengthening the economic prospects and security of some of the hemisphere’s most vulnerable people.

“As an engaged bilateral and multilateral partner, Canada’s commitment to the promotion of democracy, human rights, security and development, for the good of all citizens, is unwavering. We, as members of the Organization of American States, have a responsibility to ensure this multilateral forum is used effectively to make important and difficult decisions.” – Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada will continue to work with neighbouring states in the Americas to build a more prosperous and sustainable future together. Canada believes that supporting women and girls’ health and their right to security will enable them to play a key role in building climate resilience in their communities and to be drivers of an economic growth that benefits everyone. ” – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

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