Monthly Archives: February 2015

Minister Fast to Make Important Announcement on Corporate Social Responsibility

February 28, 2015 – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, will make an important announcement, related to the Government of Canada’s enhanced corporate social responsibility strategy, on March 1, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, on the margins of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada annual convention.

Event: Remarks (open to media), photo opportunity and media availability
Date:
 Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time:
 11 a.m. ET
Location:
 Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building, Room 712, 222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario

For more information, please contact:

Max Moncaster
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
343-203-7332

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca
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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 27 February 2015

Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 27 February 2015 | OSCE

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Africa: Readout of DRL Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein Trip to Sudan

Readout of DRL Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein Trip to Sudan

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
February 28, 2015


During his February 22-26 visit to Sudan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Steve Feldstein met with Sudanese government leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and civil society activists, including representatives of Sudan’s religious communities, journalists, and humanitarian groups and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Blue Nile State. His visit highlights the importance of advancing democracy and human rights in Sudan and resolving the ongoing conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas. He also reiterated U.S. support for an inclusive and comprehensive National Dialogue to resolve Sudan’s conflicts. Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein said the United States will continue to emphasize key democracy and human rights priorities in Sudan. He underscored the importance of ending human rights abuses especially in Darfur and the Two Areas, increasing space for civil society, opposition political parties, activists, and journalists, and addressing concerns about religious freedom.

In meetings with Sudanese government officials Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein expressed his concern about targeted attacks against civilians in Darfur and the Two Areas, including aerial bombardments of civilian targets, and attacks on aid workers. He called upon the Government of Sudan to fully investigate and hold perpetrators of these acts accountable as a necessary step towards peace. Feldstein urged the government to allow the UN to investigate the allegations of mass rape in the town of Tabit, and bring the perpetrators to justice. Feldstein further called on the government to create a conducive environment for National Dialogue and pressed for the release of political prisoners including Farouq Abu Eissa, Amin Mekki Medani, and Farah Agar.

Members of Sudan’s human rights community and civil society highlighted a range of concerns, including harassment, intimidation, detention, government restrictions on their ability to operate, and severe violations of religious freedom.‎ Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein expressed concern that the Sudanese government had confiscated at least 15 newspaper print runs and stressed that respect for press freedom, freedom of expression, and freedom of association would demonstrate the government's commitment to National Dialogue.

In Blue Nile State Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein noted that the situation continues to deteriorate, hundreds of thousands remain displaced from their homes, and restrictions on access continue to limit the ability of humanitarian organizations to reach people in need. In meetings with local officials he raised allegations of human rights abuses, including those involving rape, beatings, assault, and restrictions of movement for displaced persons.

DAS Feldstein said the United States remains committed to the Sudanese people and pledged to continue our efforts to advance respect for human rights for the Sudanese people.

DAS Feldstein’s engagement with nongovernment representatives and government officials reinforces the United States’ belief that a comprehensive and inclusive national dialogue to address the deteriorating environment for human rights and civil liberties is urgent. The United States in the coming weeks will be working closely with international partners to encourage and support an inclusive political dialogue, including by continuing to press for a cessation of hostilities in all conflict areas. Finally, the United States will continue to condition development of its bilateral relationship with Sudan on the Sudanese government improving its respect for human rights and democratic principles.

For further information, please contact Chanan Weissman at WeissmanC@state.gov or telephone him at 202-647-4043.


Minister Rickford Announces Media Availabilities at PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange

TORONTO — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), will attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange on Sunday, March 1, 2015, and Monday, March 2, 2015.

Sunday, March 1:

Minister Rickford and the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, will make an announcement supporting economic opportunities for Northwestern Ontario (speech and photo opportunity).

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre — North Building
Room 104DC
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 1:30 p.m. EST

Please Note: Media not registered to attend the PDAC convention are asked to report to the main registration desk at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the news conference.

Minister Rickford will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the FedNor booth (photo opportunity).

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre — North Building
Northern Ontario Mining Showcase (Booth 6501)
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST

Minister Rickford will tour the trade show floor (photo opportunity).

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre — South Building
In front of PDAC Media Centre, Room 709
222 Bremner Blvd
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

Minister Rickford and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Finance, will deliver keynote remarks at the Media Reception and make an important announcement.

Location:   Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Imperial Room
100 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 6:00 p.m. EST

Monday, March 2:

Minister Rickford will deliver remarks at the PDAC Opening Ceremony (speech and photo opportunity).

Location:   Metro Toronto Convention Centre — North Building
John Bassett Theatre
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 8:30 a.m. EST

Minister Rickford will be available to media following the ceremony.

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre — North Building
Warm-Up Room (backstage of John Bassett Theatre)
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Time: 9:30 a.m. EST

Please note: PDAC media accreditation required to attend all events.

Media may contact:

Chris McCluskey
Communications Director
Office of Canada’s Minister
Natural Resources Canada
613-996-2007

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

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Women in South Sudan turning “challenges into opportunities”

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Women in South Sudan are turning the challenges they face on a daily basis into “opportunities.”

That’s according to UN Women which has been supporting peace efforts through women groups in the African country.

The organization has worked with a number of groups to develop a document known as the Women’s Agenda for Peace and Sustainable Development in South Sudan.

Susan Dokolo has been speaking to the UN Women Country Representative Izeduwa Derex-Briggs.

Duration: 1’54”