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Canada to co-host Iraq pledging conference

June 23, 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 further to the Government of Canada’s commitment to deepening its engagement as a determined and effective peacebuilder, Canada will join with the United States, Germany and Japan to co-host the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq, in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 2016.

At the request of the United States, Canada and other co-hosts and partners will gather in Washington to pledge continuing humanitarian and stabilization support to the government and people of Iraq through the provision of essential financial assistance.

The international community has provided a significant amount of humanitarian, stabilization and development assistance to Iraq to date, but the conflict is ongoing and needs remain great.

Canada’s integrated and comprehensive strategy for Iraq and the region, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February 2016, is focused on helping build the conditions on the ground for longer-term stability, security and prosperity.

Quotes

“The international community must join forces to eradicate ISIL and also to help meet the immediate needs of millions of Iraqis displaced by conflict. We must not lose sight of the need to address the underlying causes of the crisis in Iraq so that the country’s stability is restored.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Over three million Iraqis have been displaced by the ongoing unrest in the region. We must act now to ensure that the most vulnerable, especially women and children, receive the protection and the assistance they need. Our government is proud to co-host this pledging conference in Washington in support of the government and people of Iraq.”

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

Quick facts

  • Since January 2014, Canada has committed more than $140 million in humanitarian assistance, $26 million in stabilization and security assistance, and $23 million in long-term development assistance to Iraq. 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 aid efforts in counter-terrorism, stabilization and security programming in the region.

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