Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Minister Ng and G20 trade ministers meet to advance recovery of global trade and investment

Minister Ng welcomed the outcomes of the Riyadh Initiative, a G20 dialogue on priorities for World Trade Organization (WTO) reform

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually today in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. During the meeting, Minister Ng and her G20 counterparts endorsed a joint statement reinforcing their commitment to support their businesses, workers, and people. The G20 ministers committed to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility

156 economies, representing roughly 64% of the global population in total, are now either committed to or eligible for the COVAX Facility

64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days; these self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support…

Source: National Basketball Association (NBA) |

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Antetokounmpo is Third Player to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season

Greek Forward Becomes Third Player to Win Multiple MVP Awards by Age 25; Antetokounmpo is Third Player to Win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA (www.NBA.com) Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today. This is…

World Rugby
Source: World Rugby |

Rugby World Cup 2021: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach Laurian Johannes confirmed as Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

RWC 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is fully funded by World Rugby, as part of IOC international development grant

All nine Rugby World Cup 2021 qualified teams to avail of Coaching Internship Programme opportunity; Six RWC 2021 participating unions confirm coaching interns; Announcement marks one year to go until RWC 2021 with the tournament to be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere; Selected participants to be…

Source: UN News |

Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International Day

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating socio-economic impacts, the Secretary-General urged efforts to build stronger and resilient societies

The United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth.  In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol, and the…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Canada continues to lead international coordination on response to COVID-19

Hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Morocco, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The ministers provided an update on their countries’ responses to COVID-19 and ongoing multilateral work on…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …

Source: World Rugby |

Date set for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Awards 2020

Nine unions nominated across the men’s and women’s UL Mark of Excellence Award and Cigna Pressure Play Awards

HSBC World Rugby (https://www.WorldRugby.org) Sevens Series Award winners to be announced on 21 September; Twenty-four winners to be announced across six men’s and women’s award categories; Nine unions nominated across the men’s and women’s UL Mark of Excellence Award and Cigna Pressure Play Awards; Fan voting opens for Cigna Pressure…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus: Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend virtual G20 Foreign Ministers’ Extraordinary Meeting - Strengthening International Cooperation Across Borders

The Minister is looking forward to discussing with his counterparts lessons learned from global pandemic and enhancing G20 coordination in response to COVID-19

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will attend a virtual G20 Foreign Ministers’ Extraordinary Meeting on September 3, 2020. The Minister is looking forward to discussing with his counterparts the lessons learned from the global pandemic and enhancing G20 coordination in response to COVID-19,…

Source: Government of Canada |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Canada to support UNFPA Somalia on a New Initiative on Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights through Midwifery Education and Practice

The initiative is aimed at reducing maternal mortality and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights

The Government of Canada has provided CAD$ 11 million to support the Government of Somalia, through UNFPA, on a new initiative on Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights through strengthening midwifery education and practice. This includes CAD$ 1 million dedicated to an enhanced response to the current COVID-19 pandemic…