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Promoting economic growth and Canadian values in France and in Senegal

Posted by African Press International on November 7, 2013

OTTAWA, Canada, November 7, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ During his visit to France and to Senegal on November 7–12, 2013, Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, will use Canada’s leadership role in La Francophonie to promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

In Paris on November 7–9, Minister Paradis will take part in the 29th session of the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie. He will promote an economic initiative within the organization, and will also hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from member countries of La Francophonie. The Minister will also deliver a statement from the Government of Canada at the General Conference of UNESCO, a body of which Canada remains an active and engaged member.

“Canada plays a leading role in La Francophonie, an organization that is essential for promoting our Francophone culture and heritage,” said Minister Paradis. “Our government will continue to promote sustainable economic growth as the best tool for reducing poverty, improving equality between women and men, and creating prosperity.”

The Minister will then visit Senegal on November 10–12, where he will meet with representatives of the Government of Senegal, Canadian and international partners, and local organizations to talk about Canada’s development program. The Minister will also pay a visit to development project sites funded by Canada to see the results. During his visit, the Minister will focus on food security, the role of the private sector in agricultural development, and the mutual reinforcement of the prosperity agenda of both countries.

This trip will enable Minister Paradis to make the most of important forums for member countries of La Francophonie. It will allow him to highlight Canada’s contribution to improving the lives of French-speaking populations around the world, particularly Canada’s ongoing commitment to supporting Senegal in its sustainable development efforts in order to improve the quality of life of all Senegalese.

 

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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Norway is to be at the forefront of the fight for women’s rights

Posted by African Press International on August 19, 2013

Women’s rights are increasingly coming under pressure in many countries. Today the Government launched its new Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy. Norway is, and will continue to be, at the forefront of the fight for women’s rights internationally, and we intend to increase our efforts through our embassies.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide commented, “We are constantly seeing examples of the weak position of women’s rights in the world. In several countries, these rights are coming under pressure. At the same time we see courageous women and men who are standing up and fighting for gender equality and women’s dignity. For example, the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala’s campaign has impressed people all over the world, including in Norway. Norway intends to play its part. That is why we are increasing our engagement all over the world in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality.”

Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Development presented a joint plan of action for Norway’s efforts to lift the issue of women’s rights and gender equality higher up the international agenda. The plan emphasises the importance of strengthening the Foreign Service’s efforts through concrete guidelines, systematic gender assessment, and enhanced training. The aim is for all employees at Norwegian missions abroad to be ambassadors for gender equality.

Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås commented, “Gender equality doesn’t happen by itself. We know that from our experience here in Norway. Norway will therefore be a clear and fearless voice for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. We intend to pursue the most effective development policy possible with a view to ensuring that all women have access to contraception and safe abortions.”

 

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New white paper: fair distribution is key to development

Posted by African Press International on April 21, 2013

Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås is today launching the white paper Sharing for prosperity: Promoting democracy, fair distribution and growth in development policy. The Government is presenting a range of new measures to be used in the fight against poverty.

“1.2 billion people are living in extreme poverty in the world today. Despite many countries experiencing strong economic growth, poverty does not disappear on its own. Instead, the disparities between rich and poor within countries are increasing. This is unfair. The world needs a more fair distribution of power and resources,” said Minister of Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

In order to fight poverty, jobs need to be created that pay a living wage. Support for workers’ and employers’ organisations and labour inspection authorities will therefore be increased. It is also important to support civil society actors. In the white paper, the Minister of International Development makes clear that Norway will increase its efforts to ensure that countries can collect their own tax revenues and combat the leakage of tax revenues to tax havens. Norway will also support the establishment of a group of independent experts who can help developing countries to renegotiate unfair agreements with multinational companies.

“It is crucial that developing countries themselves take responsibility for their own development and for combating poverty. Norway will support countries that wish to establish schemes for facilitating direct cash transfers, particularly to women. Research shows that schemes of this kind help to reduce hunger and give children access to education and health services. When, in addition, decent jobs are created, it is possible to achieve growth that benefits the whole population,” said Mr Holmås.

In the white paper, the Government also announces that it will give priority to cooperation with countries that show a positive trend over time with regard to democracy and human rights.

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