About the Mission of Canada to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva
The Mission of Canada is the primary channel for diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government, the United Nations and its associated bodies in Geneva, the World Trade Organization and many other entities based in the Geneva context.
Ambassador Jonathan T. Fried is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization. Ambassador Elissa A. Golberg is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament.
Through diplomacy, negotiation, daily monitoring of the activities of the organizations based in Geneva and their links around the world, we work to advance Canada’s interests, keep our government informed on multilateral matters, and promote international trade, development, peace and security, human rights and humanitarian values and action.
With some 177 accredited missions (including observers), 20 agencies employing 8,500 people and over 3,000 accredited civil society organizations, Geneva is a dynamic environment influencing critical global socio-economic and political developments.
Canada contributes more than $500 million to the Geneva-based international system, and as such, we have a strong interest in ensuring accountability and effective governance, as well maintaining Canada's influence in an ever-changing geopolitical context with new and emerging players.
Reflecting our whole-of-government and whole-of-Canada orientation, the Mission is comprised of staff from several Canadian departments and agencies, as well as locally engaged personnel. Our Canada-based staff come from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, the Canadian International Development Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Department of Finance Canada. Beyond these, our partner departments also include Health Canada, the Labour Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Environment Canada, Public Safety Canada, the Department of National Defense, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada,the Canada Customs Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Given our unique role in connecting with key international organizations including the UN and WTO, the Mission looks after the interests of Provinces and Territories.
The Mission also provides consular and passport support to the nearly 3,000 Canadians residing and working in Geneva.
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