Save the Children’s Global Advocate Rotimi Diosaya says Canada can lead the way in leveraging youth in global institutional reforms to combat climate change. However, he urged not to reduce aid to Ottawa.
During his visit to Ottawa, he said Canada is in a position to lead the world differently, helping young people find hope for the future. Canada can play an important role in ensuring that gender and human rights are prioritized.
World leaders gathered at the United Nations in mid-September to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals include gender equality, eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring quality secondary education for every child. The goal calls for achieving 140 goals by 2030. The targets were set in 2015.
However, according to the United Nations, only 15 percent of the target has been achieved so far. 193 countries have agreed to accelerate the achievement of the goals in the remaining seven years.
Diosaya said, we are not on the right track. We need leaders. We need commitment. Canada’s feminist international aid policy can encourage other countries to take gender equality seriously. In addition, Canada can inspire others on how to reform project finance to empower developing country groups. However, Canada’s commitments and timelines are helping to address the challenges of developing countries.
In this year’s spring budget, the Liberal government allocated $1.3 billion for drop-in funding, which is 15 per cent less than the previous year.