Canada Marks United Nations Day

(No. 314 – October 24, 2009 – 11:00 a.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement commemorating the 64th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations:

"The creation of the United Nations and its 64-year history are a vibrant testament to our interdependence as peoples and nations.

"The issues facing us today—the economic crisis, threats to peace, security, human rights and the environment—require the collective action of the entire international community.

"In such an increasingly interconnected world, the role of the UN in fostering international cooperation is paramount. As regional issues become global concerns, the UN provides a forum to develop international solutions to common challenges ranging from the protection of human rights to climate change.

"Since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945, more than 100,000 Canadians have served in UN missions in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Canada’s ongoing contributions to peace and security missions in Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan exemplify our continuing commitment to global progress and stability.

"Canada has long supported efforts to make the UN work more effectively, and will continue to promote reforms to make the organization more efficient, accountable and responsive to today’s global challenges.

"Canada looks forward to continuing to play an integral role at the UN, by, among other things, working with UN bodies to achieve our shared goals of promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

For more information about the UN and Canada’s policies and participation in the organization, please visit Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.

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