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Minister Bibeau engages with civil society partners and private sector representatives in Vancouver

February 17, 2016 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Global Affairs Canada

On February 16, 2016, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, hosted a round table with representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) engaged in efforts to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. She also participated in various events organized by CSO and private sector partners, such as an event with UNICEF and the provincial business community and a panel discussion, as well as delivering remarks at an event hosted by a philanthropic organization.

At the CSO round table, Minister Bibeau engaged with Canadian civil society partners on their key priorities as they respond to pressing global development challenges. The Minister underscored the Government of Canada’s commitment to maintaining dialogue and accelerating positive change by applying innovative solutions to reduce extreme poverty in developing countries.

During the course of her engagements in Vancouver, the Minister’s focus was on her recent visit to Jordan and Lebanon, Canada’s new integrated strategy to address the crisis in Syria and the region, as well as the importance of strong partnerships with civil society and the private sector.

Minister Bibeau also raised awareness about the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, which is active until February 29, 2016, whereby for every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will set aside one dollar to the Fund.


“Ongoing collaboration between the Government of Canada, civil society and the private sector will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our collective humanitarian assistance efforts. Engaging in a sustained dialogue will also accelerate change and ensure the development of innovative solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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

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  • Consultations with CSOs will assist Canada in developing a framework to guide its humanitarian assistance decisions, encourage the empowerment of people, support sustainable development and help inform Canada’s participation in the first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Turkey in May 2016.
  • A significant portion of Canada’s aid program is focused on activities involving CSOs. The Civil Society Partnership Policy sets out Canada’s approach to enhancing effective development and humanitarian cooperation with international, Canadian and developing-country CSOs.

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