Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development on United Nations Day


October 24, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:

“75 years ago, in the wake of the Second World War, the world was faced with a rebuilding project on a scale never before witnessed. Confronted with this monumental task, the international community turned outwards, creating the United Nations, whose architecture continues to underpin today's international order. The framers of the United Nations Charter knew that we go farther when we go together. They chose openness over isolationism, cooperation over rivalry, open palms over closed fists.

“Today is a day to celebrate the achievements and ambition of the United Nations: a world where might is not right and in which all countries, no matter their size or influence, can count on fair treatment and equal consideration before the international community.

“Canadians take pride in our country's history of international cooperation and our resolute support for the UN and the rules-based international order. From Canada’s pioneering role in peacekeeping to our Feminist International Assistance Policy; from our work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to our role in responding to humanitarian emergencies and conflict, we have led the way towards a more just and inclusive world. Multilateralism and collaboration are core to our identity and place in the community of nations.

“Canada continues to bring a unique perspective to bear on the problems of our time, informed and enriched by the pluralism of our own country. We believe that we are stronger because of our differences, not in spite of them. This was the belief upon which our country was built, and it is one that finds even more relevance in today's polarized world.”


Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Guillaume Dumas
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
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