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Trudeau pledges ex­tra $400 mil­lion in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to fight COVID-19

- Mike Blanchfiel­d Canada News · Politics · Ottawa · Justin Trudeau · United Nations · UN Security Council · Norway · Ireland · Group of 7 · G20 · World Bank · Jamaica · Andrew Holness

OT­TAWA • Canada will com­mit an ex­tra $400 mil­lion in de­vel­op­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian spend­ing to com­bat COVID-19, says Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

The new money will go to “to trusted part­ners on the ground fight­ing COVID-19,” Trudeau said Tues­day dur­ing a video con­fer­ence at the United Na­tions that he co- hos ted with Sec - re tar y- Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res and Ja­maica’s Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness.

It was the se­cond time since the spring the three held a meet­ing of the UN’S High- Level Event on Fi­nanc­ing for De­vel­op­ment in the Era of COVID- 19 and Beyond. Trudeau, Guter­res and Hol­ness held their first joint UN meet­ing in late May, less than three weeks be­fore Canada failed to win a tem­po­rary seat on the Se­cu­rity Council.

Canada ran on plat­form of try­ing to help re­build the post- pan­demic world in a con­test that pit­ted it against Nor­way and Ire­land for two non-per­ma­nent seats on the council, start­ing next year.

Trudeau said after the Se­cu­rity Council de­feat that Canada would re­main ac­tive on the world stage in try­ing to re­build the bat­tered pan­demic econ­omy.

“Canada be­lieves that a strong, co- or­di­nated re­sponse across the world and across sec­tors is essen­tial. This pan­demic has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for a re­set,” Trudeau said Tues­day.

“This is our chance to ac­cel­er­ate our pre- pan­demic ef­forts to reimag­ine eco­nomic sys­tems that ac­tu­ally ad­dress global chal­lenges like ex­treme poverty, in­equal­ity, and cli­mate change.”

Trudeau said Canada will in­vest more in the com­ing years and he will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for debt re­lief for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries fac­ing eco­nomic hard­ship be­cause of the pan­demic.

Canada will push to have the voices of those coun­tries heard in larger fo­rums such as the G7, G20 and the World Bank, he added.

Guter­res said he wel­comed Trudeau’s push for debt re­lief, adding he would be ad­vo­cat­ing for it in the G20.

He said the ini­tia­tive would pro­vide up to $12 bil­lion in re­lief for par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

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