Statement by the Prime Minister on United Nations Day
OTTAWA, ON, 24 October 2021 / CNW / – The Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, today issued the following statement on United Nations Day:
“Today, on United Nations Day, we join people around the world in commemorating the 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN). We also reflect on the vital role the United Nations plays in improving the well-being of people by creating a safer and more prosperous world for all.
“Since its inception, the United Nations has made a real difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. From ending wars, providing humanitarian and development assistance, and strengthening multilateralism, it brings all countries together to take action to make a positive difference in people’s lives and for the planet. The UN continues to work to build a more effective, relevant and accountable organization, equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“Canada has a long and proud history of working with the UN to help meet important global challenges. We helped draft the Charter of the United Nations and resolve the Suez Canal crisis. We have defended human rights, worked to promote gender equality and participated in peacekeeping missions all over the world. We have also played a leadership role in the fight against disease around the world. Our support to United Nations entities, such as WHO and UNICEF, has helped immunize more than half a billion children around the world. Canada also works with UNAIDS to help end AIDS by 2030.
“The world faces simultaneous crises, including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which have deepened inequalities, tested our resilience and exposed our collective shortcomings. These challenges remind us how interconnected and vulnerable we are, which is why we have to work together to find collective solutions to our common problems. We are committed to achieving the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. We have also stepped up our emission reduction targets to between 40% and 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. Since the start of the pandemic covid19, Canada mobilized more than $ 2.5 billion international aid and taken action to tackle the unfair distribution of vaccines. We strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at home and abroad to help make the world healthier, more peaceful and more prosperous for all.
“On behalf of the government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to join me in celebrating United Nations Day and recognizing the important work of the international organization in promoting peace, human rights and social progress around the world.
This document is also available at https://pm.gc.ca
SOURCE Office of the Prime Minister
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