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Canada pledges humanitarian and stabilization support for Iraq

July 19, 2016 - Washington, D.C. - 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 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.

The $158-million pledge announced today is part of Canada’s three-year, $1.6-billion commitment to Iraq and the region, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February 2016, which includes $840 million in humanitarian assistance. The $200 million is a new commitment, agreed to at the G7 Leaders’ Summit, that will support Iraq’s economic reform efforts through the World Bank.

Canada will co-host the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq with Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 2016. The objective of the conference is to raise much-needed humanitarian and stabilization assistance.

Iraq is at the forefront of the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Millions of Iraqis have been displaced from their homes, and thousands have been killed and wounded, as a result of this conflict. With this pledging conference, the international community has rallied to demonstrate its continued support for Iraq and its commitment to meeting the ongoing needs of the Iraqi people, especially women and youth.

During the conference, Minister Dion will announce that of Canada’s pledge of $158 million, $150 million will support the international humanitarian response to help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected Iraqis, $4 million will be provided to the United Nations Development Programme to help Iraqis return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIL, and $4 million will support the clearance of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Ramadi and other liberated areas.

Canada is also working with international partners to support Iraq’s economic reform efforts and will provide up to $200 million in additional financing support to the Government of Iraq, including through a guarantee contribution to the World Bank to help increase its lending to Iraq.

Quotes

“Canada commends the Iraqi people for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict. Along with our Iraqi and international partners, we are committed to helping Iraqis meet their basic needs, return to their homes and start rebuilding a stable, democratic and inclusive country.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada’s assistance will help meet the urgent health, shelter, protection, education and food needs of hundreds of thousands of affected civilians. Our assistance will also support organizations responding to incidents of violence and sexual abuse, particularly against women and girls, who have been disproportionately affected by the current crisis.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • Since January 2014, over 3.3 million Iraqis have been displaced as a result of the conflict with ISIL. An additional 750,000 previously displaced people have returned to homes that have often been destroyed.
  • In 2015 alone, violence in Iraq claimed the lives of more than 7,500 civilians and injured close to 15,000.
  • Canada remains concerned by ISIL’s persecution of, and atrocities against, ethnic and religious groups, including Christians, Yazidis, Shabaks, Sunni Arabs and Shia Turkmen, and by its appalling treatment of civilians, including women and girls.
  • Over the next three years, Canada will contribute $840 million in humanitarian assistance and $270 million in development assistance, in addition to $145 million to counter-terrorism, stabilization and security programming in the region.
  • Stabilization efforts pave the way for long-term peace and prosperity and can include protecting civilians, providing essential government services, promoting democratic political processes and preparing for longer-term reconstruction, peacebuilding and development.

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