Canada hopes to spur action at Commonwealth to address impact of Russian war: Goodale

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Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom says Canada is hoping to make an impact in critical conversations about climate change and global food insecurity among Commonwealth nations in Rwanda this week.
     
Ralph Goodale, who serves on the board of governors of the Commonwealth, says the countries involved are a diverse group, and Canada can play a critical role in consensus-building.
     
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly arrived in the Rwandan capital of Kigali Wednesday evening to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting over the next three days.
     
They say their mission is to build support for Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia, to put international pressure on Russia to cease aggressions, and to help address some of the geopolitical fallout of the war.
     
The official welcome ceremony begins Friday, and leaders are expected to sit down together for a series of closed-door meetings Friday and Saturday.
     
Trudeau is also expected to pay his respects at the Kigali Genocide Memorial on Thursday in memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people.