“… showcase Canadian values, especially at the level of foreign policy and development.
Foundations, such as the Aga Khan’s, for example, could be stakeholders.”
– François LaRochelle, Canada’s former diplomat
By: François LaRochelle for Open Canada published on September 8, 2017 – Canada’s online hub for international affairs.
The case for accelerating the rebuilding of Aleppo
With the war in Syria ongoing, it may feel too soon to think about the country’s reconstruction. Not so, argues former diplomat François LaRochelle, as he lays out how Canada and the international community can contribute to efforts already underway.
… The project of rebuilding Syria will be long and arduous …
But, to contribute to the efforts, the international community should concentrate on a flagship project that will attract attention and bring hope …
Why not start by reconstructing Aleppo, a multicultural and economic hub of Syria and a UNESCO site? Canada could encourage the creation of a coalition of countries for such an initiative. The EU of course, but also Turkey, relieved to see refugees on its soil return to their country, might be interested. And why not China? Rebuilding Aleppo would create work for the local population and stimulate the private sector.
We could use our current positive image and our vision of a multicultural future for societies to launching a global initiative for the reconstruction of Aleppo. It could showcase Canadian values, especially at the level of foreign policy and development. Foundations, such as the Aga Khan’s, for example, could be stakeholders. Such efforts may also help in Canada’s bid for a seat at the UN Security Council in 2020.
The Syrian communities in Canada and elsewhere would be thrilled, even if cautious. Such a project could result in a unique cooperation between Islamic and non-Islamic countries. And who knows, the former belligerents of yesterday could become the allies of tomorrow.
Discover, Explore & Learn more by reading the complete article at https://www.opencanada.org/features/case-accelerating-rebuilding-aleppo/
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali