Canada has been active at the United Nations since its foundation in 1945 and played a key role in drafting the UN Charter - an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations.
Today, Canada continues to uphold the UN by actively participating in the organization's activities and providing financial support. Canada consistently brings pragmatic ideas and solutions to the table, from peacekeeping proposals in the 1950s, to creating the International Criminal Court and banning landmines in the 1990s. Today, some of our current goals are to assist war-affected children, or to improve the UN’s management and rationalize the work of its agencies.
To be sure, the UN continues to achieve a great deal in advancing Canadian policy positions. It is an indispensable global organization for a globalizing world. Through treaties, dialogue, negotiation, relationships and the capacity to implement decisions, the UN helps to preserve our sovereignty, protect our key interests and defend our values. It also helps us to develop the mutual understanding we need to resolve our differences. And it helps us to forge compromises and agreements, and to combine our energies for the common good.
It is moreover there to help us cope with "problems without passports" - threats such as terrorism, environmental issues, contagious disease and chronic starvation, human rights, illiteracy and population displacement. The problems are the shared responsibility of the international community and cry out for solutions that, like the problems themselves, also cross frontiers.
On our website, you can also find more about Canada’s diplomatic missions to the United Nations and learn more about Canadian policy positions.