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ROME – Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, today met Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss their strong partnership and ongoing commitment to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.
The Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada, shares WFP's goal to eliminate hunger worldwide, and backs WFP's mandate to ensure that food reaches people most in need. Canada's generosity supports the work of WFP in emergencies, saving lives in conflicts and natural disasters, providing assistance following emergencies and helping communities to rebuild and promote their long-term development.
"Canada is one of WFP's most important partners, and consistently among WFP's top donors," said Cousin. "Canada's commitment to multi-year, long-term flexible funding has been essential to WFP's ability to support social safety nets such as school meals programmes and long-term recovery initiatives. We also appreciate Canada's support for emergency response operations in places such as Syria. With Canada's support, WFP is able to operate more efficiently and effectively for the people we serve."
In 2016, Canada has contributed more than CAD186 million (approx. US$143 million) to support WFP operations globally. Since the beginning of the Syria conflict, Canada has provided CAD177. 3 million (approx. US$136.2 million) to WFP's largest and most complex emergency worldwide. Canada's generous and timely funding enables WFP to scale-up operations quickly, while continuing to provide assistance to under-reported crises.
The Minister's visit takes place in the first year of work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. During their meeting today, Canada and WFP discussed the importance of global food security in laying the foundation for achieving all the SDGs.
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