UNGA: Haiti, Ukraine dominate negotiations for Trudeau
Today is the day that the stars make their debut at the United Nations.
US President Joe Biden, traditionally the Day 1 speaker, will instead take the stage this morning, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau among the live attendees.
The delegation will also hear from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose live broadcast marks a rare exception to the General Assembly’s regulations.
Zelenskyy’s defense of Ukraine for seven months against invasions by Russian President Vladimir Putin was the main topic of the meeting.
Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said Canada is particularly focused on ensuring that the global alliance of united nations against Russia remains healthy and intact.
Joly says she looks forward to hearing Zelenskyy repeat his plea for as much support as possible his allies can muster.
“Clearly, what Ukraine wants from Canada has always been more financial support and more heavy artillery,” she said.
“We’ve done a lot already. But we need to do more. And we’ll do more.”
Trudeau is expected to make his own news, especially as he announced Canada’s latest contribution to the United Nations’ effort to tackle a treatable disease in the developing world. develop.
He will also join a meeting with his Caribbean counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Haiti, where a wave of gang violence has persisted throughout the summer, killing hundreds.
Bob Rae, Canada’s ambassador to the UN, said he recently visited the country to witness the chaos for himself. Gangs have even taken over the courthouse in the main city of Port-au-Prince, he said.
“We’re not going to claim … that we have a magic solution. That’s not how it works,” Rae said.
“We need to learn from some of the mistakes of the past, where interventions have happened without the full support of the Haitian people. And we need to make sure we’re working with the people,” he said. Haiti.”
That’s easier said than done in a country run by an interim government, he added.
“We’ll try to play a constructive role as much as we can. We both know there will be more demands.”
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 21, 2022.