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

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Canada ran on a 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 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 World Bank, he added.

Guterres said he welcomed Trudeau’s push for debt relief, adding he would be advocating for it in the G20 because it could provide up to $12 billion in help for participating countries.

“The problem is to mobilize the resources,” said Guterres.

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“This has to do to the strengthening of the resources of the IMF and the World Bank and the other international financial institutions,” he added.

“And this has to do with the vaccine and the need to massively invest in creating a vaccine that is a global public good.”

Trudeau said the pandemic has further exacerbated long-standing challenges of poverty, inequality, as well as climate change.

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