Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement today on United Nations Day:
“The 24th In October 1945, in the midst of World War II, the United Nations (UN) was founded. Canada and the other founding fathers shared a vision of peace and security in a world that protects human rights, fundamental freedoms and international order. Today we mark United Nations Day by joining with our international partners to reaffirm our commitment to this UN vision and mission.
“Since its founding, the UN has helped improve the lives of millions of people around the world.” With the combined strength of its 193 member states, it engages in peacekeeping operations around the world, provides essential humanitarian assistance and ensures a coordinated global approach to addressing ongoing and emerging crises and global challenges.
“The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all member states, represent the kind of strong consensus the UN can achieve in the pursuit of a better future for all that leave no one behind.” Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy and Feminist International Assistance Policy have guided our implementation of the SDGs and, as Co-Chair of the SDG Advocacy Group, I lead progress towards these goals through partnership.
“The UN has come together in the face of mounting challenges, including the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and Russia’s recent unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The UN facilitates critical international cooperation, fosters unified decision-making and delivers humanitarian aid where it is most needed.
“Russia’s brutal, illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine shows a blatant disregard for international law, democracy and human life.” The historic vote earlier this month showed the collective determination of UN members to uphold the principles of the UN Charter when they overwhelmingly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and called Moscow’s move illegal. In addition to providing important humanitarian and financial aid, the solidarity and cooperation of UN member states is crucial in opposing Russia and supporting Ukraine.
“Canada helped draft the UN Charter and, 77 years later, we remain deeply committed to its mission.” For decades, Canada has partnered with its allies to meet the most complex challenges of our time and today we reaffirm our commitment to this critical partnership. When we are united, we can build a stronger, safer and fairer world.”