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15 Apr 2009

Québec reaffirms it commitment to achieving the Millennium Goals

At the April 15 opening of the Montréal Millennium Summit, the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, reaffirmed Québec’s role in achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals. Addressing an audience of international experts, Minister Arcand noted that Québec has been a true pioneer in international solidarity for over thirty years through its recognition of the vital role civil society plays in development.

“Québec has chosen to place civil society at the core of its international solidarity programs so that efforts could better targeted and more effective while at the same time responding to the basic needs of local communities,” said the Minister.

Solidarity is one of the five guiding objectives of Québec’s International Policy. In 2008-2009, the Québec government earmarked nearly 50 million dollars for international solidarity. The MRI allotted approximately 7 million dollars for this purpose, with 14% of that amount channelled to raising awareness among Quebecers. Each year, the Québec International Development Program and the Québec Without Borders program provide support for more than twenty development projects and some 400 solidarity internships. All are carried out by Québec civil society organizations.

Québec also shares its public expertise through such initiatives as the Haitian governance enhancement project (PARGEP) and the Centre for the promotion of Québec’s public expertise (Centre de valorisation internationale de l’expertise publique québécoise – CVIEPQ).

The UN Millennium Declaration was adopted by the international community in 2000. The Millennium Development Goals are the most comprehensive and detailed objectives ever adopted for reducing poverty, and have also gained the broadest consensus.

Speech by Minister Arcand (in French)
Contributing to the cause of international solidarity – Québec’s International Policy
Millennium Summit
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