Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:
“On this day, Canadians join with people around the globe to celebrate our differences and our diversity, confident in the knowledge that these strengths are key to living together in peace-within our communities, our countries and our world.
“Peace and stability endure when solutions are inclusive and when we work together to reach a consensus and support international peace efforts. Together, we can build a world with fewer conflicts and less violence, one realized through solidarity, tolerance and reconciliation.
“Canada values peace and continues to invest in conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding initiatives through key programs such as the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program. As chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Canada is also working with international partners to address the inequalities that often fuel conflicts.
“During these turbulent times, Canada is focused on meeting the needs of people living in fragile and conflict-affected states, reiterating the UN Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire. We also support the efforts of local peacebuilders to reduce tensions, build trust and strengthen social cohesion, which are critical for peacebuilding.
“In everything we do, Canada upholds an explicitly feminist approach to peace and stability, as women are powerful agents of change and have the right to participate fully in peace and security efforts.
“Canada hopes to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2021 to 2022. Our candidacy is focused on five pillars, including economic security at the centre of our platform. Without inclusive and equitable economies, peace will continue to be elusive. To succeed in fulfilling its role, the Security Council needs to take economic considerations into account across its agenda. This is perhaps even more applicable in a post-pandemic world, where financial constraints are more pronounced, food security is at risk and supply chains need protection. Canada’s long tradition of effective action in these areas positions us well to deliver results.”