Canada has pledged to invest nearly $500 million to fight food insecurity and climate change as well as to strengthen gender equality at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHGM). is concluded on Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $250 million to fight the global food crisis, particularly the one that persists in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are at a pivotal moment. More than ever, countries must join forces to defend Ukraine’s interests, while mitigating the global repercussions of Russia’s illegal invasion, including on food security and the cost of living.” indicated Mr. Trudeau by press release.
A sum of $246.5 million will also be invested in gender equality with regard to sexual and reproductive health.
Another payment of $32.5 million will be devoted to the fight against climate change in the African continent.
“Together, the members of the Commonwealth represent a third of the world’s population. We have a solemn duty to rise up and meet the challenges of the 21ste century, and to build a better future for our peoples,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, present alongside Justin Trudeau at the summit.
Recall that Canada is the second largest donor to the Commonwealth, as the country contributed $10.86 million to the organization in 2020-2021.