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Canada to pledge $274M in aid for UN humanitarian agencies

Canada will provide $274 million in aid for UN humanitarian and development groups, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Sunday.

Pledge comes amid drought in Ethiopia, food and water shortages in Venezuela

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will attend the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, where she is expected to announce Canada's $274 million pledge in aid to UN humanitarian agencies. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Canada will provide $274 million in aid for UN humanitarian and development groups, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau announced in a statement Sunday.

The announcement comes a day before the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, which Bibeau will attend.

The aid will go towards agencies that "will strengthen emergency response, child protection in humanitarian crises and long-term resilience to food insecurity."

Funds will also be directed to the Central Emergency Response Fund, which provides assistance to those affected by "lesser-known natural disasters and armed conflicts around the word."

"Canada will continue to lead the way in developing and supporting innovative humanitarian programs," Bibeau said in a statement. "We are committed to making every dollar count to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women and girls, receive the care, assistance and protection they need to thrive."

The pledge comes amid a drought in Ethiopia and food and water shortages in Venezuela

In Africa, a difficult dry spell has become the worst drought in decades. Crops and livestock are dying, leaving millions of people malnourished and more desperate each day. 2:48

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