Priorities for 2014-2015
1. Contribute to economic prosperity with an emphasis on expanding and diversifying commercial relationships with emerging and high-growth markets.
- Under the new Global Markets Action Plan, more effectively leverage all diplomatic assets at home and abroad to increase the number of Canadian firms, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), successfully doing business in priority markets.
- Promote Canada as a reliable and responsible supplier of energy and minerals to global markets, attract foreign investment to Canada, promote innovation and support the International Education Strategy.
- Begin ratification of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
- Assist in improving investment climates in developing countries, including by building capacities to sustainably manage natural resources.
- Deepen commercial engagement in Africa, Latin America and Asia, with a focus on investment promotion and protection.
2. Expand Canada’s engagement in the hemisphere and reinforce the Canada-U.S. relationship.
- Implement Canada’s whole-of-government Strategy for Engagement in the Americas, including initiatives to increase mutual economic opportunity, strengthen security and democratic institutions, support human rights and foster lasting relationships, with a focus on Central America, Haiti, Mexico and key South American partners.
- Promote regional security through security sector reforms and by increasing education, skills development, and employment opportunities for marginalized populations.
- Enhance Canada’s strategic relationships with Pacific Alliance countries and enhance political and economic relations with Brazil.
- Deepen commercial relations with the United States through support for innovation and foreign investment and promote Canada as a stable and secure source of energy and energy technology, such as the Keystone XL initiative.
- Support the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
- Seek to negotiate a successor agreement to the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States.
3. Increase Canada’s economic and political engagement in Asia.
- Expand targeted economic, security and governance partnerships in Asia, leveraging international development results, and advance market access plans with key Asian markets, including China and India.
- Advance work on trade agreements with Japan and South Korea, and within the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
- Strengthen the focus of Canada’s international development programming in Asia on private sector-led sustainable economic growth, including building capacity for trade and investment.
- Further develop Canada’s partnership with Southeast Asia and ASEAN, the East Asia Summit and APEC.
- Promote Canada as a reliable supplier of liquefied natural gas to Asia’s fast-growing energy markets.
4. Promote democracy and respect for human rights and contribute to effective international security and global governance.
- Provide leadership on human rights and religious freedom and develop a new Canadian agenda for advancing democracy.
- Address international security challenges, including terrorism, transnational organized crime, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and security and stability in fragile and conflict-affected states and regions.
- Protect and empower women, children and youth, particularly girls, in developing countries, including by addressing national protection frameworks, working to bring to an end to child, early and forced marriage, supporting violence-free schools, and working with at-risk youth.
- Implement priorities for Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council for 2013-15 and advance Canada’s submission for recognition of the extended continental shelf as a matter of national sovereignty.
- Defend Israel’s right to exist and expand freedom and security in the Middle East, including efforts to mitigate the crisis in Syria, working with regional partners such as Jordan.
- Improve the delivery of consular services to Canadians through innovative ways to enhance public awareness of safe travel. This includes highlighting what services consular officials can provide when Canadians find themselves in distress. An efficient emergency response program leads to timely access to assistance for Canadians abroad.
5. Lead Canada’s international efforts to reduce global poverty and provide humanitarian assistance.
- Support progress on Millennium Development Goals and the creation of a post-2015 framework to develop innovative approaches in providing international assistance to reflect the changing development landscape.
- Improve the health of women and children, in particular through the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which will increase access to education, nutritional support and medical assistance, as well as work toward bringing an end to the practice of child, early and forced marriage.
- Contribute to sustainable economic growth in the developing world by leveraging the skills, resources and innovation of the private sector to achieve development results, and by promoting women’s political and economic empowerment.
- Increase food security and nutrition in developing countries, including in Africa, by promoting sustainable agricultural research and development, supporting high-impact direct nutrition interventions, and addressing long-term food security issues.
- Strengthen development accountability and transparency efforts globally, including by implementing aid transparency commitments and including by progressively establishing mutual accountability frameworks with developing countries.
- Support the effective, efficient and timely provision of humanitarian assistance and advocate for increased humanitarian access in conflict situations and the protection and safety of humanitarian workers.
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