Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, today announced that Canada will replace Sweden as the donor co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Sierra Leone currently serves as the other co-chair, representing the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states.

cands.jpgThe two co-chairs provide strategic direction and leadership to this forum for political dialogue, which brings countries affected by conflict and fragility together with development partners and civil society.

“Canada thanks Sweden for its commitment to the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. We look forward to working with our g7+ and civil society partners to continue the work on sustainable development, peace and security, which are not possible unless women and girls are empowered, participate meaningfully and have their human rights respected,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

“We are very happy that Canada and Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau have decided to take on this responsibility after Sweden, on behalf of INCAF [the International Network on Conflict and Fragility]. The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is a unique platform that gives fragile states and civil society a voice. The International Dialogue is an important and strategic platform for more inclusive approaches to peacebuilding and conflict prevention,” concluded Isabella Lövin, Minister of International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Established in 2008, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is composed of members of INCAF, the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states, and member organizations of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.

Original source: GA Canada
Published on 7 May 2018

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