Minister Cannon to Represent Canada at Special UN General Assembly Session on Pakistan Floods

(No. 262 - August 18, 2010 - 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will participate in the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Session on Pakistan Floods, to be held at UN headquarters in New York City on August 19, 2010.

“In support of the people of Pakistan in a time of need, Canada stands ready to continue to respond to the crisis brought on by the devastating floods,” said Minister Cannon. “The UN session will be an opportunity to coordinate the international response to ensure that assistance and resources are provided in the most efficient and effective way possible.”

Pakistan continues to experience its worst floods in decades, with more than 1,500 deaths and close to 16 million people affected. In response, Canada has committed up to $33 million in humanitarian assistance and equipment to the people of Pakistan.

The Government of Pakistan requested the special session to discuss the floods and to bring the resulting crisis to the attention of the international community. Pakistan will be represented by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also attend.

For more information, including advice on how to help those affected by the disaster, please visit Canada’s response to the floods in Pakistan.

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