Canada should donate more
Universal Children’s Day is on Friday. It was established by the UN in 1954 to recognize the world’s responsibility to improve the welfare of children everywhere.
Subsequent declarations have reinforced this, right up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified just two months ago which are an ambitious set of targets which, if achieved, will improve the lives all, including the most vulnerable.
There are a total of 17 goals, but by focusing on just the first six — ending poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality and clean water and sanitation — Canada can have an enormous impact on the lives of children. But to do so, the government will have to reverse the downward spiral of our foreign aid budget. Currently, we give a paltry $24 for every $10,000 of Gross National Income (GNI), possibly a record low.
If the new government wants Canada to play a major role on the world’s stage, we cannot continue to have this stain on our reputation by being a miser among donor countries. Stephen St. Denis, Ottawa