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Iraq + 1 other
Canada Condemns Targeting of Shiite Muslims in Iraq

October 20, 2014 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns the targeted killings of Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshippers in Baghdad today and of Shiite Muslims as they attended a funeral in western Baghdad on Sunday. These barbaric attacks, which claimed the lives of several dozen innocent civilians and wounded many more, are reprehensible, gross violations of human life and dignity.

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Iraq + 1 other
Canadian Leadership Helping Protect Children’s Futures in Iraq

Minister Paradis announces Canada's leading role in launching the No Lost Generation initiative in Iraq

October 17, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Liberia + 3 others
Canada Announces Additional Support to Global Efforts Combatting the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Canada providing funding to the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

October 17, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional funding to support international efforts led by the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to respond to the immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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Nigeria + 5 others
ECOWAS, Canada to strengthen cooperation


The ECOWAS Commission and Canada have agreed to strengthen and deepen cooperation in various strategic areas, including regional security, trade, economic development and investment, capacity building and humanitarian issues.

“The benefits of long-standing relation between ECOWAS and Canada at country and regional levels, and especially Canada’s leadership role in the capitalization of development partners’ Pool Fund cannot be taken for granted,” the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh said in Abuja on Thursday 16th October 2014.

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World + 2 others
Statement from Minister Paradis: World Food Day

October 16 - On World Food Day, we turn our attention to the millions of people around the world who don't have enough food to eat. Often referred to as a "silent killer," hunger affects the most vulnerable people: women, children and men with the fewest options to make better lives for themselves and their families. Although global hunger has steadily declined in recent years, 805 million—or one in nine—people are still considered food insecure.

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OP-ED: Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund

Ready or Not: Disasters Are Coming

When natural disasters strike around the world, Canada is often among the first to respond. Our government and humanitarian sector take this responsibility to save lives and alleviate suffering very seriously. For their part, Canadians generously reach into their pockets to support campaigns and relief efforts.

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World + 4 others
Partners Announce New Goal of $50 Million to Save Lives of Mothers and Newborns at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Five-year expansion aims to promote, scale creative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low-income communities

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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Iraq + 2 others
Baird Announces Measures to Counter ISIL’s Brutal Acts of Sexual Violence

October 6, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced in the House of Commons today that Canada will undertake renewed action, in coordination with our allies and partners, to respond to the heinous acts of sexual violence and other human rights abuses being committed by ISIL, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, against women and children.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Government of Canada announces a second mobile lab and team to be deployed to West Africa to assist in the Ebola outbreak

October 4, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Public Health Agency of Canada

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, with Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor, announced the deployment of a second mobile lab team to West Africa.

Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada deployed a second mobile laboratory and two additional Agency scientists to Sierra Leone to join the Agency's existing team in the field in Kailahun. A third scientist will leave on Tuesday.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies


Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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Liberia + 6 others
West Africa in desperate wait for Ebola aid

09/26/2014 14:42 GMT

by Zoom Dosso

MONROVIA, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Ebola-hit west Africa's governments were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be effected Friday as the World Health Organization announced urgently awaited vaccines could be ready early next year.

Liberia, the hardest-hit nation with almost 1,700 deaths, welcomed pledges of help from world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Thursday but warned it was losing the trust of its people as the crisis escalated.

Agence France-Presse:

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Guinea + 3 others
Le Canada fournit une aide supplémentaire pour lutter contre l’éclosion du virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le 25 septembre 2014 – New York, New York – Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada

Aujourd’hui, le ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, l’honorable Christian Paradis a annoncé l’octroi d’une aide humanitaire supplémentaire afin de répondre aux besoins immédiats des personnes touchées par l’éclosion de la maladie à virus Ebola en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone, ainsi que dans les pays voisins de l’Afrique de l'Ouest. Cette aide fait suite aux récents appels lancés par les Nations Unies et les organisations non gouvernementales.

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Liberia + 3 others
Canada Provides Further Humanitarian Assistance to Fight the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional humanitarian assistance to help meet the immediate needs of the people affected by the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and neighbouring countries in West Africa. The assistance is in response to recent appeals issued by the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Canada Supports Key Partners Addressing Humanitarian Needs in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia

Canada providing support to projects underway by World Vision Canada and the Canadian Red Cross

September 23, 2014 – Pickering, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Ukraine + 1 other
OSCE Project Co-ordinator, Canada launch multi-year project to help Ukraine improve protection of human rights by courts

KYIV, 16 September 2014 – The OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine and the Government of Canada officially launched a € 2.2 million, four years project, which aims to enhance the functioning of the Ukrainian judiciary in line with international standards of human rights protection.

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Liberia + 5 others
Canada offers essential protective equipment to help stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa

Health Minister Rona Ambrose today announced that Canada will make available for donation over $2.5 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to the World Health Organization (WHO) to aid in the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Recently, the WHO reported a shortage of equipment in the affected countries and has appealed to member states for donations for use by front-line workers in the affected countries.

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World + 10 others
Hemispheric Consultation on Indigenous People and Disaster Risk Reduction

Since 2013, PAHO/WHO has been implementing an initiative on indigenous populations and disaster risk reduction. It aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the disaster risks and needs faced by indigenous populations, as well as their accumulated experience in building resilience to disasters, towards collaboratively developing culturally sensitive tools to reduce disaster risk and better protect health during and after disasters.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Helping Afghan Children, Women and Families

Canada’s support is helping improve the health, living conditions and protection of Afghans

September 6, 2014 – Ajax,Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and DevelopmentCanada

Today, the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced funding to support humanitarian operations in Afghanistan.

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World + 1 other
Le ministre Paradis renforce le leadership du Canada en cas d’interventions en situations de crises humanitaires

Le partenariat du Canada avec la Croix-Rouge canadienne permet de sauver des vies partout dans le monde

Le 4 septembre 2014 – Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique – Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada

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Minister Paradis Reinforces Canadian Leadership in Response to Humanitarian Crises

Canada’s partnership with the Canadian Red Cross is saving lives around the world

September 4, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, was joined by Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross, to announce increased support through the Canadian Red Cross , that will allow Canada to provide timely, efficient and effective support in response to humanitarian crises around the world.