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29 Sep 2016 description

September 26, 2016 - Cartagena, Colombia - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is proud to support Colombia’s efforts to bring the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere to a peaceful end. The agreement signed today in Colombia demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of negotiation, diplomacy, justice and institutional reform, hallmarks of Canada’s support of the Colombian people and government.

22 Sep 2016 description

September 21, 2016 - New York City, New York - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is taking concrete action to prevent and respond to conflicts abroad and to support UN peace operations in building a more peaceful and prosperous world.

20 Sep 2016 description

September 18, 2016 – New York City, New York

Check against delivery. This speech has been translated in accordance with the Government of Canada’s official languages policy and edited for posting and distribution in accordance with its communications policy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all the people of Canada welcome the peace agreement signed in Colombia after so many decades of suffering.

20 Sep 2016 description

UNITED NATIONS/NEW YORK CITY, September 19, 2016 – The Government of Canada, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Open Society Foundations have agreed to launch a joint initiative aimed at increasing private sponsorship of refugees around the world. Research demonstrates that privately sponsored refugees tend to have relatively early, positive integration and settlement outcomes, thanks in part to the social support provided by sponsors.

16 Sep 2016 description

This update is based on internal displacement figures made available to IDMC across 16 countries from January-August 2016. These figures will be updated and expanded upon regularly and can be accessed via IDMC’s Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD) which can be viewed at

16 Sep 2016 description

Thanks to a unique fund, 38,000 vulnerable residents of four separate countries received timely life-saving support over the summer from four members of the Humanitarian Coalition.

14 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Les pays participant aux deux sommets sur les réfugiés devraient s’engager à renforcer leurs offres de réinstallation et d’aide

13 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

At Global Refugee Summits, Commit to Resettlement and Aid

(New York, September 13, 2016) – The massive refugee crisis demands an unprecedented global response, Human Rights Watch said today. At two summits on September 19 and 20, 2016, at the United Nations, world leaders should take bold steps to share responsibility for millions of people displaced by violence, repression, and persecution.

07 Sep 2016 description

September 6, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Communities across Canada are gearing up to welcome Syrian refugees this fall as the pace of arrivals in Canada will be increasing in the coming weeks. Work to process Syrian refugee cases has continued over the summer and thanks to this effort and the delivery of pre-arrival orientation information sessions, more Syrian refugees are now ready to arrive in Canada.

30 Aug 2016 description

By Anthony Chase Lim

In a village affected by conflict in Mindanao, in the Philippines, a bridge-building project supported by the Canadian Government is helping local people rebuild their lives and improve food security.

The barangay or village of Tubak lies about 150 kilometers outside of Cotabato City in Maguindanao in the Philippines. The community is home to over 500 households or about 3,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous tribe of the Dulangan Manobo.

30 Aug 2016 description

New 3 million CAD grant will strengthen health sector’s disaster and emergency preparedness and increase resilience to climate change

Bridgetown, Barbados, 29 August 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — The Government of Canada has announced a grant of 3 million Canadian dollars (CAD) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its Member States in the Caribbean reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters by improving preparedness and making the health sector more resilient to climate change.

26 Aug 2016 description

Canada announces comprehensive, coordinated approach to support Canadian interests and UN peace efforts

August 26, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is taking concrete actions to prevent and respond to conflicts abroad and to support UN peace operations in building a more peaceful and prosperous world.

26 Aug 2016 description

Le Canada annonce une approche globale et coordonnée pour soutenir les intérêts canadiens et les efforts de paix des Nations Unies

Le 26 août 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Affaires mondiales Canada

Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures concrètes pour prévenir les conflits à l’étranger et réagir à ceux-ci, ainsi que pour soutenir les opérations de paix des Nations Unies (ONU) afin de bâtir un monde plus paisible et plus prospère.

17 Aug 2016 description

The Operations and Movement Management Unit was established for effective implementation of refugee resettlement and migrants’ assisted voluntary return and reintegration in line with IOM’s global principle of providing dignified, orderly and cost effective services to:
• Refugees hosted in Sudan and selected for resettlement in third countries
• Migration health processing for travel abroad
• Vulnerable migrants willing to voluntarily return to Sudan
• Humanitarian evacuation

09 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Around the World, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Violence, Discrimination, and Exclusion

By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu

The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are more often breached than observed – something we should remember today, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

04 Aug 2016 description

Ahead of September summits focused on refugees, nine countries pledge to work together to strengthen protection for refugees fleeing Central America.

GENEVA – A pledge by nine countries from North and Central America to work together to strengthen the protection of refugees fleeing Central America has been welcomed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as a landmark step ahead of UN and US summits next month on refugees and migrants.

27 Jul 2016 description
report Redhum

Honduras, 26 de Julio 2016

El Gobierno de Canadá anunció este lunes una contribución de CAD$ 19.5 millones al proyecto PRONIÑEZ. La cifra representa poco más de 341 millones de lempiras para apoyar la protección de la infancia y el fortalecimiento de la justicia juvenil.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that Canada has pledged $158 million over three years to support humanitarian and stabilization efforts for the people of Iraq and up to $200 million in additional financing to the Government of Iraq.

14 Jul 2016 description
report IRIN

Private sponsors ease refugees into new lives

By Brynna Leslie, IRIN Contributor

OTTAWA, 14 July 2016

Shortly after midnight on 31 December 2015, Iman and Zaher Ahmad* and their two young daughters arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada after a 14-hour flight from Beirut.

They didn’t speak English. Not a word. There was confusion as they were moved into lines with other Syrians to be processed by immigration officials at Canada’s largest airport.

07 Jul 2016 description
report HALO Trust

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has today announced that it will commit CAD$12,500,000 to The HALO Trust for mine clearance in Colombia over the next five years.

The announcement follows the historic ‘End of conflict’ agreement reached last month between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP.