Canada and the United Nations

As a founding member of the United Nations, 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.

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 to the United Nations in New York City and Geneva.

Learn more about Canada’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Marc-André Blanchard, Leslie E. Norton, and Stephen de Boer represent Canada at our Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

Get in touch with Canada’s representatives at the United Nations.

Declarations and statements from previous meetings of the United Nations.

Canada in 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:

About Canada's offices to the UN

Canada has seven diplomatic missions accredited to the UN:

Canada has five other diplomatic missions accredited to the UN:

Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City

The Permanent Mission of Canada delivers on Canada’s multilateral foreign policy priorities at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Through diplomacy, negotiation and analysis of UN activities, the Mission works to advance Canada’s interests and strengthen the pillars of the UN: international development, peace and security and human rights.

One of Canada’s key priorities is protecting and enhancing the international rules-based order by championing values of inclusive and accountable governance, including by promoting human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality and peaceful pluralism.

The Permanent Mission of Canada consists of the following policy sections:

  • The Political Section works to advance Canadian peace and security objectives, including through engagement on crisis management, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and enhancing support for UN Peace Operations. The Political Section covers the Security Council, 1st (Disarmament & International Security), 4th (Special Political & Decolonization) and 5th (Administrative & Budgetary) Committees, and leads on reform initiatives to modernize the UN.
  • The Development Section is engaged in following up on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Development system reform and oversight for UN Funds and Programs (UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women). The section, which covers ECOSOC and 2nd Committee (Economic & Financial), also works on climate change action, ocean protection and SDG financing.
  • The Legal, Social and Human Rights Section works to promote respect for human rights, facilitate Canada’s response to humanitarian crisis and further the development of international law and respect for rule of law. The section is also responsible for global refugee and migration issues, gender equality and women’s empowerment, Indigenous affairs, and transnational crime and drugs. The section covers the 3rd (Social, Humanitarian & Cultural) and 6th Committees (Legal).
  • The Military and Police Section provides subject matter expertise to the Ambassador and Political staff on the full range of security considerations and issues related to UN peace operations. The section works to advance Canadian objectives through engagement with the UN and Member States on conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peace enforcement and capacity building. Officers cover the Security Council, 4th Committee (Special Political & Decolonization), C34, and work with military and police experts from Member States to modernize and improve the effectiveness of UN Operations. The section works with the UN on training, deployment of personnel and contingents, and development of peacekeeping policy.

Canada's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

The Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva is Canada's largest multilateral mission. We promote Canadian interests and work with other Member States to develop and uphold international norms and rules whether in terms of trade, health, labour environment, arms control, humanitarian law or human rights.

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 Geneva.

Ambassador Stephen de Boer is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.

Ambassador Leslie E. Norton is Canada’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

With more than 180 accredited missions (including states/observers), over 20 UN programs, funds, and specialized agencies and over 3,000 accredited civil society organizations, Geneva is a dynamic environment influencing critical global socio-economic and political developments.

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 Global Affairs Canada, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Department of Finance Canada. Beyond these, our partner departments also include Health Canada, the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Public Safety Canada, the Department of National Defense, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada , Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, the Canada Revenue 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.

Canada’s candidacy for the UN Security Council

It has been more than 20 years since Canada last served on the United Nations Security Council. A strong United Nations is in everyone’s interests, as is an effective UN Security Council capable of adapting and responding to 21st century challenges. Canada wants to help fashion forward-looking approaches to the world’s toughest problems.

Our ambition is to serve on a UN Security Council that serves the interests of Member States. Here are our priorities:

  • Sustaining peace
  • Addressing climate change
  • Promoting economic security
  • Advancing gender equality
  • Strengthening multilateralism

Canada has much to offer. We will stand up for the things that matter. We will be clear and consistent while focusing on building bridges. We will be relentless in our diplomacy, sincere in our partnerships, and innovative in our approaches. This is our commitment.

For more information please refer to the March 16, 2016 news release from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Learn more about Canada’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Canada's Ambassadors to the UN

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York

Welcome to Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the primary channel for communications between the Canadian government and the United Nations. I am deeply honoured to have been named by Canada’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, as Canada’s Permanent Representative.

Our mission is to carry forward the proud tradition of multilateral diplomacy and international engagement and to ensure that Canada plays an active role on peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights, while keeping our government and Canadians informed about multilateral issues.

Canada can and does play a leadership role in addressing the many global challenges facing us. With a team of dedicated diplomats, each and every day we work to exemplify Canada’s strong pluralistic traditions, respect for and celebration of diversity, and a fundamental commitment to the principles of the United Nations.

Since coming to office, Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada have been clear about the importance of the United Nations and multilateral engagement. Canada recognizes that a collective effort is needed of all Member States and all stakeholders if we are to find solutions to the many challenges before us – climate change, peace and security, poverty alleviation, and the global displacement crisis to name just a few.

In this respect, we here at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United nations look forward to hearing from you. Please follow us on Twitter @CanadaUN or contact us by email at canada.un@international.gc.ca.

Yours sincerely,

Marc-André Blanchard
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva

Leslie E. Norton (Diploma [Civilization and Literature], Aix-Marseille III University, 1985; BA Hons [English and French Literature], University of Western Ontario, 1988; MA [International Relations], Laval University, 1992) began her career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and then worked for many years at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in a range of positions in the Africa, Asia and Multilateral branches, including serving in Bangladesh and at the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva. At Headquarters, she served as Director of the International Humanitarian Assistance and Food Aid Unit at CIDA from 2006 to 2008 and as Director of the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group at DFAIT from 2008 to 2009. She served as Director General of the International Humanitarian Assistance Bureau from 2009 to 2015 and as Director General of the Southern and Eastern Africa Bureau from 2015 to 2016. She served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Sub-Saharan Africa Branch from 2016 to 2019 and was subsequently appointed Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in August 2019.

Leslie E. Norton
Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization

Stephen de Boer joined Global Affairs Canada in 2005 and has held various positions in the department, including in the Investment Trade Policy and North America Trade Policy Divisions. In 2006, he was named the Director of the Softwood Lumber Division. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the Director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division and as Lead Counsel for Canada’s international climate change negotiations. In 2010, he joined Environment Canada as the Deputy Chief Negotiator for climate change and the Director General responsible for Canada’s international climate change negotiations and partnerships. Mr. de Boer returned to the department in 2013 as the Director General of the Trade Controls Bureau. In 2015, he was appointed Ambassador to Poland and in 2016, Ambassador to Belarus. Prior to joining the public service, he worked for the Government of Ontario.

Mr. de Boer has published and lectured on international trade and environmental issues including at the Faculty of Law at Western University, Ryerson University, and at the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. Mr. de Boer has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Western University and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.

On August 21, 2017, Mr. de Boer was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

Stephen de Boer
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization

Contact Canada's offices to the UN

Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York

Address

466 Lexington Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA

Telephone: (1) 212-848-1100

Fax: (1) 212-848-1195

Email: canada.un@international.gc.ca

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

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Permanent Mission to the WTO, the UN and the CD in Geneva

Address

5 Avenue de l’Ariana
1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Telephone: 41/22 9199200

Fax: 41/22 9199233

Email:
Political/Economic: (UN/CD): genev-gr@international.gc.ca
Consular: genev-cs@international.gc.ca
Trade/Economic (WTO, WIPO, UNCTAD, ITC): genev-gvwto@international.gc.ca
Administration: genev-ag@international.gc.ca

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