As the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, it and its members confront unprecedented crises including the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic recession, ongoing displacement of millions of people, and the existential threat of climate change. Canada has long had a leading role within the United Nations system and has effectively used multilateral approaches to advance its foreign and economic policy interests over the years. Moving past its unsuccessful bid for a seat on the UN Security Council, Canada’s new Permanent Representative Bob Rae is actively pursuing an agenda of international collaboration with the aim of coordinating responses to the pandemic and economic recovery efforts. In a time of social distancing and virtual meetings, Ambassador Rae is pivoting Canada’s diplomatic approach at the UN and building new alliances to keep Canadian interests front and center on the world stage.
Join the Empire Club of Canada for a candid conversation with Ambassador Rae about what role the UN can play in tackling global challenges with such different local impacts and how Canada can contribute to those efforts. The discussion and Q&A will be moderated by CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani.
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy and is full professor and interim assistant vice‑president of international relations at the University of Waterloo.