Overseas affairs minister hopeful about Canada’s UN Safety Council bid regardless of stiff competitors


OTTAWA—Overseas Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Canada’s probabilities of profitable a seat on the United Nations Safety Council this yr as the federal government ramps up its marketing campaign in Africa.

Talking to reporters after a visit to Mali and Morocco, Champagne disregarded criticism by many analysts who say that Canada’s low spending on international support and its meagre contributions to UN peacekeeping will damage Canada’s bid.

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Canada faces stiff competitors from Norway and Eire for the 2 non permanent seats on probably the most highly effective UN physique, which would be the topic of a June vote for a two-year time period beginning subsequent yr.

Nations vying for a seat want two-thirds assist within the secret-ballot course of — greater than 128 votes — and Africa is likely one of the most influential blocs, with 54 international locations voting.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dedicated Canada to a Safety Council run in 2015 as a part of his “Canada is again” pledge, following the 2010 loss by the earlier Conservative authorities to tiny, economically-challenged Portugal.

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In September, Canada despatched a delegation led by former prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Joe Clark to the annual UN Normal Meeting assembly of world leaders to marketing campaign for the Safety Council.

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