July 06, 2017     cib    

On June 9, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, released Canada's first feminist international assistance policy.  The policy will be anchored in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will focus on gender equality and women’s rights; human dignity; inclusive growth; environment and climate change; inclusive governance; and peace and security. As part of the consultation, FCM included a submission that outlined the role of local governments as key development actors and expressed the need to recognize urbanization, gender equality and decentralization in the new policy. In the policy, the Government acknowledges the role of local governments in ensuring women and girls have equal rights, access to economic opportunities and decision-making, climate change planning and policy-making as well as building the capacity of local governments to deliver results.  Drawing on its 30 years of work with Global Affairs Canada, FCM will continue to deepen its partnership with the Government of Canada to deliver the new policy through municipal international programming and in the implementation of the SDGs in Canada and abroad.