New York, 22 September 2023 (TDI): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded his participation in the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level week on September 21, where he collaborated with the global community to envision a more sustainable, secure, and healthier future.
In light of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s dedication to partnering with the international community to uphold the values of freedom, peace, and equality described in the declaration.
Prime Minister Trudeau during the 78th UNGA engaged with world leaders and addressed key global concerns including foreign interference, rule of law, climate change, and progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Additionally, he condemned Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine and its decision to withdraw from the Black Sea Grain Initiative. He added that such actions worsen food insecurity, particularly affecting vulnerable populations.
During his time in New York, Prime Minister Trudeau took significant international actions to support the 2030 SDG’s agenda, aimed at creating a peaceful, equitable, and healthy world.
Furthermore, as Co-Chair of the ADG Advocates group, he addressed the SDG Summit and pledged over $125 million for projects aligned with SDGs.
These projects focus on improving education, sustainable healthcare systems, and promoting women’s empowerment and healthcare.
Moreover, Canada announced funding of about $78 million to programs like UNICEF, UN Women, and the UN Population Fund.
Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized the effectiveness of carbon pricing as a tool to reduce emissions and make living affordable for people and welcomed the addition of four new member states in Canada’s Global Carbon Pricing Challenge.
At the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau announced new commitments from Canada to further reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will allocate $168.6 million for climate adaptation and leadership, with a particular focus on women and girls.
The country will also invest $6.5 million to combat illegal fishing and promote ocean governance.
In addition, he emphasized the vital role of oceans in addressing climate change during UNGA and discussed climate action and sustainable economies with other leaders.
In the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, the Prime Minister recognized the need to attract private capital for SDGs and announced Canada’s plan to allocate an additional $700 million in Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
In addition, he announced funding of approximately $1.3 billion, to the International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust.
Canada’s support for Haiti
During UNGA, Prime Minister Trudeau convened meetings with global partners to promote stability and sustainable development in Haiti.
He highlighted Canada’s ongoing support for Haiti and announced $45 million to provide meals to school children through the World Food Program.
Additionally, $3 million will be directed towards strengthening Haiti’s judicial system through the UN Development Program’s Basket Fund on Justice.
Furthermore, nearly $26 million in previously pledged funds will be used to enhance aspects of the Haitian National Police.
Prime Minister Trudeau commended the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its continued leadership in addressing the Haitian people’s needs.
He reiterated Canada’s support for inclusive political dialogue, allowing for Haitian-led solutions to the crises.
He also emphasized Canada’s commitment to holding those responsible for violence and instability accountable, including the imposition of additional sanctions on three members of Haiti’s economic elite.