Justin Trudeau prepares campaign to land Canada on 2021-2022 security council

Noah Bergstrom / September.25th, 2018

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As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ramps up Canada’s campaign for a seat on the UN’s non-permanent security council, the sheer amount of effort needed to win the seat is starting to come to light. Canada has already committed $500,000 in an attempt to take one of two available seats on the 2021-2022 security council, and that could be only the beginning of spending.

Canada has sat on the council six times since the inception of the UN, but hasn’t represented their region since 2000. With such a prestigious position within the council up for grabs, history indicates that countries competing for a spot won’t cut any corners.

Former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr said that his country invested nearly $25 million in the campaign that placed them on 2013-14 non-permanent council.

What Canada plans to do with their council seat if granted one isn’t completely clear, but we spoke to one spokesperson that gave some insight into the direction of Canadian affairs.

“This year, our focus is on creating more opportunities for women and girls to succeed, investing in economic growth that benefits everyone, and working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy.” – Krista Humick, spokesperson, Global Affairs Canada

There are five regions that elect members to the non permanent council every two years, Canada is part of the WEOG (Western European and others group). Each region is given a certain amount of seats to fill on the council, the WEOG has 2 spots to fill and includes twenty-eight nations and the US as an observer.

Canada won’t be able to just announce candidacy and join the council unopposed, as both Ireland and Norway will seek one of the two available seats. Norway has earned a reputation as the worlds second most generous country by giving 1.05% of their GNI (Gross National Income) to foreign aid, while Canada ranks 14th in the world, and Ireland comes in at 12th.

Canada last campaigned for a spot on the council in 2010 under Stephen Harper’s conservative government, though failed to win, the available seats instead going to Portugal and Germany.

Trudeau is in New York now at UN meetings to discuss NAFTA, as well as giving an early push to Canada’s bid for security council.

Some surprising countries have sat at the security council table more than Canada,
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