Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Permanent Representatives of the United Nations’ Latin American and Caribbean Group to discuss Canada’s candidacy to serve on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2021-2022.
The Prime Minister highlighted the strong ties between Canada and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He recognized the important contributions of Canadians of Latin American or Caribbean descent to a strong and diverse Canada. The Prime Minister spoke of the strong trade ties between Canada and the region and the importance that Canada attaches to maintaining the integrity of global supply chains as a means of increasing global economic security and prosperity.
The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to be a productive and collaborative UNSC member, focused on working in an open and transparent way to address complex global issues and strengthen the rules-based international order. 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 the central role of the United Nations in the international response.
Prime Minister Trudeau spoke of Canada’s efforts to support the fight against climate change, a threat that is already having significant impacts in Latin American and Caribbean countries. He noted the importance Canada attaches to economic security in the face of climate-related challenges. The Prime Minister also expressed concern over the deepening humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the millions of Venezuelans who have fled their country, agreeing that the solution to the crisis must be a peaceful one.
The Prime Minister and the Permanent Representatives exchanged views on regional and global priorities such as climate action, gender equality, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, and strengthened multilateralism. They spoke of the role that Canada can play in bringing these priorities to the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Security Council.
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.
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