The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) hosted a panel discussion on June 15, 2020 about Canada’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
We had two distinguished Canadian UN experts for this timely discussion:
- Peggy Mason: Former Canadian ambassador for disarmament to the UN and President of the Rideau Institute on International Affairs,
- Adam Chapnick: Deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College and professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.
On June 17, 2020, the United Nations Security Council election will be held during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. This election will concern five non-permanent seats on the UNSC for two-year mandates. The Trudeau government launched an international campaign to secure a seat on the council and has been vigorously lobbying UNGA members to garner votes. Canada faces serious competition from its European counterparts, particularly Norway and Ireland. This panel will discuss Canada’s uphill battle for a seat on the UNSC, examining Canada’s potential role, as a non-permanent seat on the council as well as its impact on its foreign policy.
Moderator: Pouyan Kimiayjan, IPD Research Fellow