Canada bids for UN Security Council seat

United Nations—Canada’s UN ambassador said Sunday that the country’s experience welcoming Syrian refugees helps qualify it for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, part of its push for a more active role on the world stage. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in mid-March that Canada would seek a rotating seat on the council during the 2021-2022 term.
“Our experience with Syrian refugees, our experience living together in diversity with lasting peace and prosperity is an example for the world,” the country’s UN ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard told public broadcaster CBC on Sunday. Canada has welcomed more than 26,000 Syrian refugees following a campaign pledge by Trudeau, and has plans to take in up to 31,000 more by the end of the year.
The Security Council has a total of 15 members, five of them permanent – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – and another 10 that serve rotating two-year terms.“These are all examples of Canada’s multilateral re-engagement.”—Agencies

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