The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. We are the primary channel for communications between the Canadian government and the United Nations in New York City.
Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, heads our delegation. He is supported by the Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Gilles Rivard, and a staff of foreign service officers, advisers and assistants.
Through diplomacy, negotiation and daily monitoring of UN activities, we work to advance Canada’s interests, promote international development, security and human rights, and keep our government informed of developments in multilateral relations.
We conduct relations with representatives of the other 193 UN member states, observer missions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and with the staff of the United Nations Secretariat. The Mission also works together with the New York-based UN programs and funds such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
Our diplomats represent Canada in the General Assembly, at open meetings of the Security Council, on the Economic and Social Council, and at the many specialized UN commissions, committees, and conferences. At these UN meetings, Canadian diplomats explain our national positions on global issues and learn the views of other member states. By negotiating the resolutions and international treaties that guide state behaviour, they help to promote peaceful relations and a stable, prosperous world.
The Mission has six sections: Political, Economic and Social, Military, UN Management and Finance, Press & Public Affairs, and Administrative.
Political Officers cover geographic regions of concern to Canada and the United Nations, and monitor threats to international peace and security.
The Economic and Social Affairs Section is concerned with advancing Canadian priorities on many issues, including human rights, humanitarian emergencies, the environment, sustainable development, international law, and UN budgeting.
The Military Section provides guidance on security issues and coordinates Canadian peacekeepers and other personnel deployed on UN missions.
The Administrative Section supports the Mission’s diplomats and looks after security, personnel, procurement, travel and conference services.
Diplomats from all sections are engaged in the process of renewing the United Nations.
Ambassador Rishchynski is the official spokesperson for the Government of Canada at the United Nations. He is assisted in public activities by the Press and Public Affairs Officer, who maintains relations with the press and public and organizes briefings for visiting civil society groups and students.
The Mission also hosts and supports official delegations from Canada for conferences and special events such as the opening of the General Assembly each September.