UN Chief To Welcome Canada Back To World Stage

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon travels to Canada this week to applaud Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stance on welcoming Syrian refugees and to encourage a return to international peacekeeping.

Ban will visit Ottawa and Montreal on Thursday and Friday, three months after Trudeau took office and declared “Canada is back,” signaling a break with the former conservative government’s policies.

UN officials say Ban is hoping to enlist Canada as a solid ally in the months ahead as he pushes for concrete action on climate change, beefing up UN peacekeeping and creating more safe havens for refugees.

The UN chief will be accompanied by two senior UN officials — head of UN peacekeeping Herve Ladsous and aid chief Stephen O’Brien — for talks that will touch on Canada’s reengagement with the United Nations.

“We want Canada back on the world stage, but in this multilateral context, working with the UN on the global agenda,” a senior UN official told AFP on Tuesday.

-More at NDTV




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