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Canada’s Foreign Minister Will Attend G20 Despite Russia Being There

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.

The G20 foreign ministers will be convening at a time when the world is struggling with unprecedented challenges such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growing food security crisis caused by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. In conversation on the global impact of Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine, the G20 will also discuss the resulting consequences on inflation, economic security, international energy markets, and peace and security. 

At the meeting, Minister Joly will reaffirm Canada’s staunch support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. She will engage with counterparts to reiterate the principle of sovereign equality for all states and the importance of upholding international rules and institutions. As one of the architects of the system that has supported global stability for decades, Canada will resolutely defend its integrity.  

Minister Joly’s attendance also provides an opportunity to directly counter disinformation from representatives of the Russian regime, which has come to be expected in such multilateral forums. With member states from around the world watching, Canada will not cede the floor to Russian propaganda seeking to justifythe illegal invasion of a sovereign neighbour or mislead the world about the global consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

In the coming year, food security will be one of the world’s most acute issues, affecting millions of lives while fuelling further instability. Demonstrating the importance of cooperation, Canada and its like minded partners will also work with members of the G20 in pursuit of solutions to improve food security around the world, particularly in the Global South.

In support of Indonesia’s G20 agenda, Minister Joly will underscore Canada’s steadfast commitment to working together to defend the rules-based international order, build resilient and inclusive economies, recover from the pandemic, advance women’s equality and economic empowerment, and protect the environment for future generations.

Quick facts

  • Collectively, G20 members represent around 80% of the world’s economic output, two-thirds of the world’s population and three quarters of its international trade.
  • The G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Türkiye, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • This will be the first time that Indonesia has held the G20 presidency.
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