Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Permanent Representatives of the United Nations’ Eastern European Group to discuss Canada’s candidacy to serve on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2021-2022.
The Prime Minister highlighted the deep ties between Canada and Eastern European Group countries. He noted that almost 4 million Canadians have roots in Eastern and Central Europe, and that these citizens have made lasting and important contributions to Canada.
The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to be a productive and collaborative UNSC member, focused on working together with partners to address complex global issues. He pointed to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of multilateral cooperation in addressing the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, and highlighting the central role of the United Nations in the international response.
Prime Minister Trudeau spoke of Canada’s important contributions to peace and security globally, including through our active engagement in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He highlighted Canada’s contributions to the NATO missions in Latvia and Ukraine, where hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members are deployed alongside allies from across the region.
The Prime Minister described the importance of economic security - a central pillar of Canada’s UN Security Council platform – in helping prevent conflict and build sustainable peace, and how Canada would work with Member States to strengthen the Security Council’s understanding of the linkages between inequality and conflict.
The Prime Minister and the Permanent Representatives discussed other issues with international security implications including gender equality, climate change, and the need to strengthen multilateralism. They spoke of the role that Canada can play in bringing these priorities to the forefront of discussions at the UNSC.
As Canada pursues its candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council for 2021-2022, we will continue to advance shared interests to benefit people and businesses in Canada and around the world.