Monthly Archives: December 2015

Government of Canada Reestablishes Market Access for Beef and Veal to South Korea

December 31, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, today announced that South Korea has lifted its temporary ban on imports of beef and veal from Canada, effective December 30, 2015. Imports of Canadian beef and veal were temporarily suspended in response to the February 2015 detection of an isolated case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada.

In 2014, prior to the suspension of trade, South Korea was Canada’s sixth-largest market for beef with exports valued at $26 million. Access to this market will help Canadian beef and veal exporters expand their sales, while also benefiting Korean consumers who will have greater access to Canada’s safe, high-quality meat products.

Quotes

“Our government welcomes South Korea’s decision to lift its temporary ban on Canadian beef and veal products. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the competitiveness and long-term prosperity of our agricultural sector.”

– Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Our government is pleased that the South Korean market has reopened to Canadian beef and veal. This is welcomed news as we celebrate the one year anniversary of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement on January 1, 2016. South Korea is an important market for Canadian exporters and this positive development is a testament to our close commercial relationship.”

– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade

“Resumption of access to South Korea is important for Canada’s beef producers. South Korea holds huge potential for beef and especially cuts and offals that are underutilized here at home. Korea is a market that will pay more for those select items and that helps to increase the overall value of the animal for producers.”

– Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Dave Solverson

“Canada’s internationally competitive and export-dependent livestock and meat sector is a driver of economic growth and a provider of jobs in every region of this country. When meat exports increase, sales opportunities for farmers rise, job opportunities for workers expand, and Canadians benefit from greater economic growth.”

– Canadian Meat Council President Joe Reda

Quick facts

  • In 2014, Canada was the fourth largest exporter, after Australia, the United States and New Zealand, of beef exports to the South Korean market.
  • In 2014, Canada exported beef to more than 60 markets, for a total value of $1.9 billion.

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Collaboration, information sharing key to addressing peacekeeping issues

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conducts a training exercise in riot control for its peacekeepers in Juba. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

The UN Security Council has issued a statement on the importance of greater collaboration on peacekeeping issues.

The statement took particular note of the lack of consultations on critical issues related to conduct and discipline in peace operations.

Veronica Reeves has more.

The Council’s statement noted the “lack of effective dialogue” between the Security Council, troop- and police-contributing countries and the UN Secretariat, otherwise known as “triangular cooperation”.

That lack of collaboration had “generated frustration on all sides” and had “undermined mandate implementation”, according to the 15-member body.

Some of the key areas that required stronger collaboration extended beyond the issue of mandates however, with the Council making specific reference to safety, security, conduct and discipline, including allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.

The statement comes following the Secretary-General’s pledge to urgently review recommendations made by an independent panel on allegations of abuse by troops in the Central African Republic. 

The troops were not under UN command.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

Duration: 48″

Improved dialogue needed between UN and troop- and police-contributors, says Security Council

31 December 2015 – The Security Council today, noting “frustrations on all sides,” highlighted the need to improve dialogue between the United Nations Secretariat and the countries that provide troops and police personnel for the numerous peace operations deployed around the world.

“The Security Council views consultations with troop- and police-contributing countries as an opportunity to set expectations for the required capabilities, performance standards, and timelines, as well as to understand the limitations of troop- and police-contributing countries,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement.

It noted the view of the Secretary-General and the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which issued its report in June of this year, that the lack of effective dialogue through consultations between these stakeholders “has generated frustration on all sides and has undermined mandate implementation.”

Recognizing that sustained consultations with the Secretariat and contributing countries are essential for a shared understanding of appropriate responses and their implications for the mandate and conduct of an operation, the Council recalled the many mechanisms that exist to facilitate the consultations between itself, these countries and the Secretariat.

These include the Council’s Working Group of the Whole on UN Peacekeeping Operations; formal and informal consultations with troop- and police-contributing countries; the General Assembly’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations; and the Military Staff Committee.

The Council, went on to say that, “despite the existence of these mechanisms, current consultations among these three stakeholders do not meet their expectations and have yet to reach their full potential.”

“The Security Council underscores that sustained consultations with potential troop- and police-contributing countries prior to the establishment and during the lifecycle of a mission, are important for a shared understanding of the mandates and a common commitment to their implementation, recognizing that such consultations should not delay the establishment of a mission.”

UN and Africa – Year Ahead 2016

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Hervé Ladsous,(centre).UN Photo/Abdul Fatai

Protecting citizens expected to be major challenge for UN in 2016

Protecting citizens is expected to be a major challenge for the United Nations in 2016, according to a top UN official. Hervé Ladsous, head of UN Peacekeeping Operations says about 80 per cent of uniformed peacekeepers are now serving missions in Africa. A major part of their work revolves around keeping people safe. Matthew Wells spoke with Mr Ladsous about what he expects with regard to peacekeeping on the continent in the year ahead.

Toby Lanzer. Photo: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

Pivotal year ahead for those living in the Sahel

For millions of people living in Africa’s Sahel region, 2016 looks to be a pivotal year. The countries that make up the Sahel are some of the poorest in the world. In December, the UN launched a US$ 2 billion humanitarian appeal for the region, saying up to 600,000 children there are at risk of dying from malnutrition in the coming year. Daniel Dickinson spoke with Toby Lanzer, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel and asked him what he expects over the next 12 months.

Abdoulaye Bathily. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Risk of conflict high without “free and fair” elections in central Africa

With several countries in central Africa due to hold elections in 2016, the need for “free and fair” electoral processes is being emphasized. UN officials in the region have warned about the possibility of conflict if planned elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Burundi do not go well. Veronica Reeves spoke with Abdoulaye Bathily, the head of the UN’s regional office for Central Africa about his priorities for the next year.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

International Year of Pulses set to get underway

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Logo for the International Year of Pulses. (FAO).

The United Nations has declared 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses“.

Dried beans and peas make up the pulse family.

In many parts of the world they are an important part of people’s diet and seen as a highly nutritious source of protein and micronutrients.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Despite being an essential part of the human diet for centuries, the nutritional value of pulses has not generally been recognized or appreciated.

That’s according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which will take the lead on activities surrounding the UN’s International Year of Pulses.

The FAO’s Director-General is José Graziano da Silva, who said the slogan for the international year will be “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”.

“It will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of pulse in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Pulse can contribute significantly in addressing hunger, food security, malnutrition and environment challenge.”

Pulses are particularly important in Latin America, Africa and Asia where they make up a significant part of traditional diets and often grown by small farmers.

The international year will also seek to boost the production and trade of pulses and encourage new and smarter uses for them throughout the food chain.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

Duration: 1’05″