Message from the Ambassadors

Through its Permanent Mission in Geneva, Canada promotes its national interests and commonly shared values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law by engaging with the many international organizations based here including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Conference on Disarmament and humanitarian agencies such as the International Red Cross movement. The Mission also provides consular support to Canadians residing and working in Geneva.

Canada is committed to an effective international system based on agreed rules and standards and to promoting a more liberal trading system with benefits for all countries. In Geneva, we work with others to develop and uphold international norms and rules whether in terms of trade, humanitarian law and human rights, arms control, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, health, labour or environment.

We are honoured to be able to represent Canada in this unique context, where all nations of the world come together to address shared objectives and pressing challenges related to global peace and security, and socio-economic prosperity and well-being. This is why the work we do in Geneva is so vital.

We hope that you will find this site a helpful tool in learning more about Canada’s multilateral engagement in Geneva.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Jonathan Fried
Jonathan T. Fried
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization

Canada Day

As Canadians around the world celebrate this 147th anniversary of our confederation, we extend our warmest wishes to you and your families.

We also wanted to thank you for your service to Canada abroad. The Canadians that we have the pleasure and opportunity to interact with in Geneva and who work with international and non-governmental organizations, in think tanks and and in the private sector, or who are pursuing studies, exemplify the very best of our national attributes - a commitment to excellence, merit, equality, tolerance, pluralism and cooperation.  We are proud of your achievements and appreciate your work.

As Prime Minister Mackenzie King said in 1947, "...far more than material growth has arisen from the vision and courage of our people; [Canadian men and women] have also sought continuously to defend and extend the frontiers of freedom. More than once in the name of Canada, the sons and daughters of Canada have valiantly served; and thousands have died to save the world's freedom. In world affairs, our country has an outstanding record of responsibility and integrity".

We at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Conference on Disarmament, continue to seek to uphold that tradition with tenacity and professionalism in hopes of doing all Canadians proud.

Over the past year, the Permanent Mission has been at the forefront of several timely and important global initiatives, including those aimed at ending child, early and forced marriage, combating violence against women and girls, promoting maternal, newborn and maternal health, promoting jobs and economic growth for Canadians  through enhanced trade liberalisation, market access and trade disciplines in key markets trade facilitation, agriculture, non-agricultural market access, services, trade and development, and on intellectual property

We have continued to encourage innovative multilateral approaches to secure positive results on complex and challenging concerns, whether they are related to the promotion and protection of human rights; the accurate counting of casualties in armed conflict; fostering more timely, effective and compassionate responses to urgent and chronic humanitarian crises and to global migration movements; resisting trade and investment protectionism eeking improvements to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance and promoting access to new technologies; promoting effective global partnerships to manage infectious diseases such as polio and tuberculosis; and seeking to encourage better compliance with international treaties, such as the WTO agreements and Ottawa Convention on anti-personal mines.

Canada has been chairing or co-chairing a number of important initiatives in Geneva this year. These include: the Global Polio Partners Group, the Humanitarian Liaison Working Group, the the WTO Committees on Government Procurement, Information Technology, and Trade in Civil Aircraft, the Working Group of the Francophonie on Human Rights, the Geneva Group Expert Level Meeting (ELM), the Geneva Group Human Resources Focal Group,  the Industrialized Market Economies Committee (IMEC), the Strategy and Policy Working Group of the Global Fund, and the Resettlement Working Group. Both Ambassadors have also been contributing in their personal capacity whether Ambassador Fried as Chair of the WTO General Council, or Ambassador Golberg as Chair of the Human Rights Council Consultative Group, and the Group of Government Experts making recommendations for a Treaty Banning the Production of Fissile Material for Nuclear Weapons or other Nuclear Explosive Devices.