Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Diplomacy in a COVID World with Ambassador Bob Rae
As the United Nations celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020, it and its members confront unprecedented crises including the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic recession, ongoing displacement of millions of people, and the existential threat of climate change. Canada has long had a leading role within the United Nations system and has effectively used multilateral approaches to advance its foreign and economic policy interests over the years. Moving past its unsuccessful bid for a seat on the UN Security Council, Canada’s new Permanent Representative Bob Rae is actively pursuing an agenda of international collaboration with the aim of coordinating responses to the pandemic and economic recovery efforts. In a time of social distancing and virtual meetings, Ambassador Rae is pivoting Canada’s diplomatic approach at the UN and building new alliances to keep Canadian interests front and center on the world stage.
Dr. Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo; Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI); Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C.
Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York
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