Minister Fantino Champions Canada's Leadership at the United Nations General Assembly
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/29/12 -- Yesterday, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, concluded a successful trip to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Minister Fantino pressed for concerted international attention to advance maternal, newborn and child health; food security and nutrition; and responsible natural resource management in developing countries, as well as furthering Canada's diplomatic agenda.
Minister Fantino also encouraged Canadians to join in the global effort to eradicate polio by launching the Pennies and More for Polio Initiative with the Rotary Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Under this initiative, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $1 each to the World Health Organization's Global Polio Eradication Initiative for every $1 raised by Rotarians in Canada for polio eradication.
Showing Canada's leadership in advancing food security and nutrition, Minister Fantino and Anthony Lake Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), brought together stakeholders in the Scaling Up Nutrition event convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. This event reviewed progress over the past year and inspired further commitments in the fight against undernutrition, which affects the health and potential of millions of people in the developing world, particularly children.
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