CANADA, June 6 – Canada and Chile are progressive and like-minded partners in the Americas, with an unwavering commitment to promoting and defending democracy; safeguarding human rights; work in true partnership with Indigenous peoples; lead the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women; and to ensure that sustainable and inclusive trade creates good jobs and benefits everyone. We are also committed to protecting our natural environments, by preserving our oceans, and by carrying out ambitious actions to fight against climate change. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is a stark reminder that we must continue to work together to uphold international law, uphold human rights and promote peace and stability.
Democracy and human rights
The presence of strong democracies in the hemisphere is in our interests and aligns with our shared values of human rights, freedom, equality and inclusion. We commit to working together to adapt and safeguard democracy, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression in the digital age, recognizing that new technologies create new opportunities for participation but also pose new threats to our societies. Canada welcomes Chile’s intention to join the Freedom Online Coalition, a partnership of governments to support internet freedom around the world.
We know that gender equality benefits everyone, and only when everyone has access to equal rights and opportunities can we build stronger, more peaceful and more prosperous societies. Canada and Chile share a commitment to advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls. We believe in feminist government, which includes representation and pay equity, as well as evaluating decisions, programs and initiatives to ensure they benefit all segments of society. To show the strength of our commitment, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, establishing a framework for our countries to cooperate in advancing, designing, implementing implementation and monitoring of public policies promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. accountability. Canada and Chile will exchange information and assist each other on issues such as COVID 19 recovery efforts, women in leadership positions in public and private spheres, gender-based violence, gender-based plus gender and women, peace and security, among other topics. .
We are committed to meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples to learn from each other’s experiences, in particular expanding our commitments under the 2007 Canada-Chile Partnership Framework. We welcome the opportunity to strengthen bilateral Indigenous relations between the indigenous peoples of our countries in the areas of socio-economic and cultural development, trade and the broadening of engagement in participatory democracy.
Support for refugees and migrants
We work together to support the internationally displaced, especially the millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants seeking a secure future in our hemisphere. We are collaborating through the Quito Process and international assistance to meet the needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, including access to basic services and employment. We will continue to coordinate closely to support regional and international responses to humanitarian challenges.
This year marks the 25e Anniversary of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (CCAEC). We believe in ambitious climate action that will enable future generations to grow and prosper in a green and sustainable world. We reconfirm our shared commitment to accelerating the global transition to a green and net zero future, and underscore the urgency of addressing climate change, including through the diligent implementation of commitments made at COP26.
Climate finance commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement are important to support developing countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change and achieve their goals climatic. We will also work together to ensure an ambitious outcome from the post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations and remain committed to the transition to circular and more resource-efficient economies.
As members of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and through the Global Ocean Alliance, we agree to work together to support efforts to achieve the goal of protecting or conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030 through the declaration and effective implementation of a network of marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. Canada is proud to co-sponsor the Declaration “The Americas for the Protection of the Ocean” with Chile.
We further agree that carbon pricing is one of the most effective and cost-effective policy tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive clean innovation. We recognize everyone’s leadership in this area and are committed to cooperating bilaterally and in multilateral forums to achieve these goals, in accordance with the Paris Agreement. We are working together to organize a high-level event at COP27 to showcase the role of carbon pricing in the global response to climate change.
We believe in generating economic growth that benefits everyone by creating good jobs and providing every citizen with opportunities for success. The effects of the pandemic are still being felt on our workers and businesses and the global economy is fragile. We recognize the importance for our companies and public institutions to invest in green, innovative and growth-oriented economies. Canada and Chile are committed to providing better access and opportunities to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women-led businesses so that they too can reap the benefits of international trade, through a balance between productive initiatives and trade policies.
We are also proud to celebrate the 25e anniversary of our important Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and Canada-Chile Labor Cooperation Agreement (ACCLC). Canada and Chile, alongside New Zealand and Mexico, are promoting a more progressive version of trade through the Inclusive Trade Action Group and the Global Trade Agreement and gender equality. We have also demonstrated our commitment to the reform of the World Trade Organization through our joint participation in the Ottawa Group. We are working together in the region to strengthen economic engagement with the Pacific Alliance, where Chile is a founding member and Canada an observer and candidate associate state. Chile was pleased to receive Canada’s official request to join the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement (DEPA). We strongly support efforts that enhance opportunities for international engagement on digital trade, as well as collaboration on cutting-edge technology issues.
Invasion of Ukraine by Russia
We strongly condemn President Putin’s unjustifiable and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and remain steadfast in our support for Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are determined to defend our common values and international law. We are committed to advancing human rights, gender equality and inclusion, and the protection of fundamental freedoms.
Furthermore, we call on Russia to fully respect international humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, and we call for the creation, implementation and full respect of humanitarian corridors with particular emphasis on the protection of women and girls, children and the elderly.