Canada and the United Nations
As a founding member of the United Nations (UN), Canada is committed to the guidance provided in the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, and to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights.
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The commitment to multilateralism is the cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy and the United Nations is our most important forum for that commitment.
Learn more about Canada’s Permanent Missions and ambassadors to the United Nations.
Declarations, statements and announcements from our diplomatic representatives of the United Nations.
Official Government of Canada news releases, statements and media advisories related to the United Nations.
Commitment to multilateralism is the cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy. The United Nations is Canada’s preeminent international forum for advancing issues that matter to Canadians and engaging with partners from around the world to meet global challenges. Global security and prosperity can only be achieved by working together towards a common goal: a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
As Canadians, we are proud of our contributions to the foundation of the United Nations and to the achievement of its many milestones. We are committed to promoting human rights, advancing peace and security, upholding the rule of law, addressing climate change and ensuring sustainable development. Canada’s diplomacy and leadership at the UN give a strong voice to Canadian principles and values on the world stage. By promoting gender equality, environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity and inclusion, we are working toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.
There is no better example of the UN’s consensus-building power than the adoption by all member states of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda aims to fight inequality, tackle climate change and build peaceful societies. Canada is committed to working with our partners to support the implementation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and ensure that no one is left behind.
Learn more about what Canada is doing at the United Nations to rise to the challenges of this century:
The Permanent Mission of Canada in New York City delivers on Canada’s multilateral foreign policy priorities. Through diplomacy, negotiation and analysis of UN activities, the Mission works to advance Canada’s interests and strengthen the pillars of the UN.
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva is the primary channel for diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government, the UN and its associated bodies and many other entities based in Geneva.
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Nairobi is responsible for Canada’s diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government and these two multilateral bodies.
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Organizations in Vienna manages Canada’s diplomatic relationship with the multilateral organizations headquartered in Vienna. These include the International Atomic Energy Agency; the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization; and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Additional diplomatic missions accredited to the United Nations
Declarations and statements
List of declarations, statements and announcements from our diplomatic representatives of the United Nations.
- UN Security Council meeting on the question concerning Haiti - Statement on behalf of Canada
- Security Council Open Debate - The Promotion and Strengthening of the Rule of Law in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: The Rule of Law among Nations
- Open Debate on Integrating Effective Resilience-Building in Peace Operations for Sustainable Peace
List of official Government of Canada news releases, statements and media advisories related to the United Nations.
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