Commonwealth meeting: nearly $500 million invested by Canada

Commonwealth meeting: nearly $500 million invested by Canada

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Canada pledged nearly $500 million to fight food insecurity and climate change and strengthen gender equality at the conclusion of the United Nations Heads of Government Meeting Commonwealth (RCGC) which concluded on Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $250 million to fight the global food crisis , particularly that which remains in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are at a pivotal moment. More than ever, countries must join forces to defend Ukraine's interests, while mitigating the global repercussions of Russia's illegal invasion, including on food security and the cost of living.” indicated Mr. Trudeau in a press release.

A sum of $246.5 million will also be invested for gender equality with regard to sexual and reproductive health.

A another installment of $32.5 million will be dedicated to the fight against climate change in the African continent.

“Together, the members of the Commonwealth represent one third of the world's population. We have a solemn duty to rise up and meet the challenges of the 21st century, and to build a better future for our peoples,” said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, present alongside Justin Trudeau during this summit.

Recall that Canada is the second largest donor to the Commonwealth, as the country contributed $10.86 million to the organization in 2020-2021.