Thank you, Chair.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Minister Gould, Minister Ng and I have issued 44 joint statements with international partners, in addition to working actively alongside other cabinet members to drive actions to forums like the G7, the G20, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO and the OECD. No fewer than 18 G7 and 12 G20 leader-level and ministerial meetings have been held since March, aimed at laying out guiding principles for concrete actions, including addressing high debt levels in developing countries.
As part of these efforts, the Prime Minister has spearheaded two very important global initiatives.
First, Canada co-hosted a pledging conference on vaccines and therapeutics, alongside the EU and Japan, which raised $8 billion U.S. to better test, treat and protect people and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 disease around the world.
Second, in partnership with the Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the UN Secretary-General Guterres, Prime Minister Trudeau convened a special UN high-level meeting to advance solutions to the economic crisis and development emergency that have been precipitated by the pandemic.
For my part, I established a ministerial coordination COVID group at the very start of the pandemic. I wanted to make sure that we could discuss, coordinate and share best practices. I've done that with colleagues from Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The initial set-up was a venue to coordinate a response to multiplying travel restrictions, but this forum has become a key channel for exchange on the multinational response, where we discuss trade and emergency measures, and where we discuss maintaining the famous air bridges, maintaining transit hubs and ensuring that supply chains would remain open.
These efforts have been complemented by Minister Ng's support for Canadian businesses during this extraordinary time of global uncertainty and tightening credit conditions.
Minister Gould has also been at the forefront of international efforts on issues such as enabling the continued access to education during the pandemic, global health, food security and reducing the disproportionate impact that the pandemic is having on women and young girls around the world. By early April, our government had announced $160 million in funding for tangible supports to fight the pandemic, from strengthening health systems in vulnerable countries to food security, education and combatting disinformation.
Mr. Chair, without global action, what started as a health crisis could easily turn into a food crisis, which would then lead to a humanitarian crisis in some parts of the world. With a crisis of this scope, it is important for us to reflect on the global architecture we would like to promote and contribute to for generations to come. The features of the international system have served Canadians very well over the past 70 years, and will continue to be fundamental to Canadian prosperity and security. Let me assure you that Canada will continue to play an active role in shaping this new era, as we have at other defining moments in history.
I will conclude my remarks by discussing two things that have recently been in the news.
First is Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. While the result we got on Wednesday was not what we had hoped for, we are proud of the campaign we conducted over the last four years. I want to thank all the teams that have spent so much passion and energy to promote Canada around the world. For Canada, this campaign allowed us to renew and strengthen many of our bilateral relationships, which will serve Canada well for years to come. We will continue to promote our values and our principles around the world to build a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world. I want to take this opportunity to once again thank the many officials, Ambassador Blanchard, parliamentarians and Canadians who worked so hard over so many years on this bid. You really made Canada proud.
Finally, there's been recent coverage regarding mortgages on two apartments I own and rent abroad. I would like to take a moment to address this issue here with you today. In keeping with my obligation as a public office holder, both mortgages have been disclosed to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and placed in the public registry since I first entered politics, more than four years ago.
Neither of these mortgages, nor any of my other liabilities, have ever had a bearing on my function as a public office holder. To avoid any distractions, both have been repaid in full and refinanced with a Canadian bank, and the public registry will be updated accordingly.
With that, Mr. Chair, I apologize for the technical glitches, and I will be more than happy to take questions.