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Plan applauds landmark announcement from Prime Minister Trudeau at United Nations General Assembly, as well as additional $20M commitment to education in emergencies

TORONTO and NEW YORK, September 20, 2016 – Plan International Canada applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of $64.5 million in new multi-year funding to reach people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. The new funding was announced at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The funds are expected to help meet immediate, life-saving needs over three years. Part of a deliberate shift to place Canada on the world stage as a leader in humanitarian aid, this announcement is coupled with the Liberal government’s increase in humanitarian assistance spending by 10 per cent.

Humanitarian crises are affecting more people than ever before. Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable, and Plan strongly advocates for all humanitarian efforts to take into consideration the unique barriers and needs faced by adolescent girls simply because they are young and female. Plan research has shown that girls are discriminated against, and disproportionately affected by, disasters and are therefore in need of humanitarian assistance. When food is scarce girls are fed last, and research across 141 countries shows that they are less likely to be rescued during an emergency than boys. Where girls are already subject to child marriage, gender-based violence, being pulled out of school and confined to the domestic arena, a disaster will serve to further compromise girls’ rights.

Plan International Canada also welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of $20 million in funding for Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the first global fund to prioritize education in emergencies. ECW is working to fulfil the educational needs of 75 million children and young people worst affected by crisis and conflict. According to UNHCR, more than half of the 65 million people currently displaced globally are children under 18 years old.

Plan welcomes this commitment and continues working towards a world in which all children affected by crisis are able to access and continue their education.

“The Canadian humanitarian announcement today is truly important to meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable,” says Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Plan International Canada, who is at UNGA. “As Co-Chair of the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group, we have called for $75 million to meet the educational needs of the world’s young people who are enduring humanitarian crises as we speak. This announcement of $20 million along with an additional $78 million for UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative increases the ability of Canadian organizations to transform lives.”

Plan International Canada welcomes these commitments as important steps in the fight to bring education to the children and adolescents around the world who are struggling yet resilient in the face of humanitarian crises.

“Crises are protracted in a way like never before, and girls are disproportionately affected,” adds Riseboro. “Children are experiencing the aftermath of emergencies for an average of 17 years, and they simply cannot wait for education for that long. And the world cannot wait for decades to build stability, safety and a future for the next generation if we are to fight off the unemployment, extremism and exploitation that face us.”


Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Plan International Canada can speak to the invisible girls who are at risk of being overlooked by global progress, the importance of rigorous data collection and analysis to achieve impact, and the state of refugee adolescent girls.

Tanjina Mirza, Vice President of International Programming at Plan International Canada can speak about finding those people living at the precarious intersection of poverty and vulnerability, through rigorous cutting-edge data collection and analysis.

Media contacts

Irene Whittaker-Cumming
Senior Manager, Communications, Plan International Canada
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Kaili Colford
Senior Media and Public Relations Manager, Plan International Canada
T: 416 920-1654 ext. 350 | C: 647-459-7557 |


Founded in 1937, Plan International Canada is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

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