Mission's role and Canada's priorities

The role of Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations

The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations is part of Global Affairs Canada. We are the primary channel for communications between the Canadian government and the United Nations in New York City.

Through diplomacy, negotiation and daily monitoring of UN activities, we work to advance Canada’s interests, promote international development, security and human rights, and keep our government informed of developments in multilateral relations.

We conduct relations with representatives of the other 193 UN member states, observer missions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and with the staff of the United Nations Secretariat. The Mission also works together with the New York-based UN programs and funds such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Our diplomats represent Canada in the General Assembly, at open meetings of the Security Council, on the Economic and Social Council, and at the many specialized UN commissions, committees, and conferences. At these UN meetings, Canadian diplomats explain our national positions on global issues and learn the views of other member states. By negotiating the resolutions and international treaties that guide state behaviour, they help to promote peaceful relations and a stable, prosperous world.

Canada's thematic priorities at the United Nations

Canada is active on many thematic issues at the United Nations, amongst which: