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May 2, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement on the protection of medical missions in situations of armed conflict:

28 Apr 2016 description

April 27, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $900,000 in funding to help the communities most affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador. This brings Canada’s total humanitarian contribution to $2 million.

27 Apr 2016 description

In this edition:

  • 5-years into Syrian conflict, IOM Turkey supported nearly 500,000 people in Syria

  • Cultural orientations help refugees integrate into the host community

  • IOM Turkey tailors winter assistance to communities’ needs

  • IOM continues to support Turkey’s strides to integrate migrants into labour market

  • IOM assists thousands of migrants rescued at sea

2,200 Syrians have begun a new life in Canada with IOM Turkey’s assistance

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

25 Apr 2016 description

April 25, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today marked the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Between April 25 and May 25, 2015, Canadians generously donated a total of $51.7 million to eligible organizations.

25 Apr 2016 description

Le 25 avril 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Affaires mondiales Canada

La ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, l’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, a souligné aujourd’hui le premier anniversaire des tremblements de terre dévastateurs qui ont secoué le Népal l’année dernière. Entre le 25 avril et le 25 mai 2015, les Canadiens ont généreusement donné un total de 51,7 millions de dollars à des organismes admissibles.

20 Apr 2016 description

Dear partners, colleagues, media representatives, Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Burlington Karina Gould, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you for being here.

I know that you’re anxious to know the results of the emergency fund for Syrian refugees. I’m happy to announce that it has more than doubled over the two months that were added to the deadline. It is now $31.8 million.

16 Apr 2016 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 – Eight nations and the European Commission today pledged a package of more than US$1 billion -- US$141 million in grants, US$1 billion in soft loans, US$500 million in guarantees – to a World Bank-led financing initiative in support of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as recovery and reconstruction across the region. The package means that the new facility will be able to generate up to US$800 million in concessional loans in the next year.

15 Apr 2016 description

April 15, 2016 - Washington, D.C. - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $75.4 million in support of projects in health, education and nutrition, as well to a financing mechanism that can assist countries hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees.

14 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016

When living conditions for households along the conflict line in Eastern Ukraine went from bad to worse, help came from the Government of Canada. The allocation of CDN 3 million will bolster and extend FAO’s emergency response and recovery work in the area. This assistance from Canada, due to start in the coming weeks, will come in the form of farming necessities and technical guidance on marketing and cooperative action by farmers.

14 Apr 2016 description

April 4, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced new programming to help stop the transmission of polio in Pakistan.

Minister Bibeau made the announcement following her first meeting with Tariq Azim Khan, High Commissioner of Pakistan in Canada.

Canada is contributing $40 million over three years toward two initiatives by UNICEF and by the World Health Organization (WHO).

13 Apr 2016 description

The Stabilization Facility for Libya was launched today at the Senior Officials’ Meeting in Tunis in the presence of H.E. Dr. Taher Al-Jehaimi, Minister of Planning in the Libyan Government of National Accord, Mr. Rüdiger König, Director General of Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Peace Building in the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UNSMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, and Dr. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Libya Country Director.

10 Apr 2016 description

April 7, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced new programming to help build inclusive democratic governance in Burma and improve opportunities for the country’s most vulnerable people.

The announcement, totalling $44 million, occurred during Minister Dion’s three-day visit to Burma.

31 Mar 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried
Migration Editor

The aim of a high-level conference in Geneva on Wednesday was to convince the international community to rapidly increase resettlement places for Syrian refugees and open up other under-used legal pathways that would remove the need for dangerous boat crossings and long, difficult treks.

Read the story on IRIN

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Near verbatim transcript of press stakeout by S-G Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

An international meeting in Geneva on the plight of Syrian refugees concluded today with new offers of resettlement places and other forms of humanitarian admission places by States, but also highlighting the challenges over the next three years in narrowing the gap between the number of places countries are willing to offer for Syrian refugees and the number UNHCR believes is urgently required.

30 Mar 2016 description
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Opening remarks by Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General. Geneva, 30 March 2016
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Remarks by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Geneva, 30 March 2016

GENEVA, March 30 (UNHCR) – Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on refugees from Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said more needs to be done to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight.

24 Mar 2016 description

OTTAWA, Canada, 22 mars (HCR) – Effectuant sa première visite au Canada, le chef de l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a félicité le Premier Ministre Justin Trudeau pour son leadership humanitaire dans la crise mondiale des réfugiés et il a lancé un fort message de soutien, appelant à une solidarité continue.

22 Mar 2016 description

OTTAWA, Canada, March 22 (UNHCR) – Marking his first visit to Canada, the United Nations refugee chief congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his humanitarian leadership over the global refugee crisis and conveyed a strong message of support calling for this to continue.

21 Mar 2016 description

CALGARY, Canada, March 21 (UNHCR) – Profoundly deaf, Mohamad al Kawarit did not hear the gun shot ring out as he made his way to prayers at the mosque in Al-Harra, his hometown in southern Syria.

But when he felt a jolt of pain and saw blood gushing from his neck, the 15-year-old knew he had been struck by a bullet. Clutching his neck, he waited for the flashing lights of the ambulance that took him to hospital in Dara'a province.