Canada reaffirms support for Colombia
From October 29 to 31, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos undertook a State visit to Canada. During the three-day visit, President Santos met with Governor General Julie Payette and with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while his delegation of Colombian ministers met with their Canadian counterparts. During the visit, President Santos participated in various forums and events focused on the trade and commercial relationship between the two countries, the peace process, human rights, and climate change among other issues.
During the President’s visit, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced new initiatives in support of Colombia’s peace efforts and an investment to address climate change. Minister Freeland announced projects in the areas of transitional justice and security that will help to address important needs in Colombia’s peace plan as it progresses. Minister Bibeau also announced funding to provide over 6,000 Colombian youth from 55 schools with age-appropriate comprehensive sexual education, to help reduce gender-based violence and early pregnancy rates in Colombia. Minister McKenna also announced during the visit that the Government of Canada will provide $1.6 million to the four Pacific Alliance countries to address climate change. The $1.6-million project will help the Pacific Alliance reduce climate pollutants, attract investments to support climate change actions and help create a cleaner environment for the Pacific Alliance countries, Canada and the rest of the world. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, discussed the conclusion of the first round of trade negotiations between Canada and the Pacific Alliance, which was held from October 23 to 27, 2017, in Cali, Colombia.
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