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The number of Canadian peacekeeping forces deployed around the world is at an all-time low. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

UN Security Council: Actually, the world doesn’t need more Canada

Canada sees itself as a peacekeeper and an independent voice in global affairs. The recent vote for a seat on the UN Security Council shows the world doesn't agree with that image.
The Security Council meets at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the situation in Syria in 2019. On this issue, as with many others, the Council’s paralysis had tragic consequences. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The UN Security Council isn’t working. Will it ever be completely reformed?

Canada's recent failure to gain a seat on the UN Security Council indicates the country still has work to do but also highlights the need to reform the powerful body.
Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation. (Shutterstock)

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses reporters after the Munich Security Conference where he was seeking support for Canada’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Getting that seat will not be easy. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s efforts to get on the UN Security Council will likely end in failure

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has campaigned hard to get Canada a seat at the UN Security Council but a variety of factors may thwart him.
A red marks the face of Felicien Kabuga, one of the last key suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on a wanted poster at the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit office in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images

Rwandans will want Félicien Kabuga tried at home. Why this won’t happen

Though genocide survivors would ideally want Kabuga to be prosecuted in Rwanda, it won't be possible, for legal or political reasons.
On April 15, Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (pictured in September 2019) announced on that his country would voluntarily increase its funding of the Wolrd Health Organization. Wikipedia

Debate: It’s time for us all to fund the World Health Organization

The world rightly expressed shock and dismay at Donald Trump's suspension of US funding for WHO. To respond, other governments, funders and citizens are urgently needed to fill the gap.
In this December 2019 photo, people wearing masks in Hong Kong are seen during a rally to show support for Uighurs and their fight for human rights in China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

China must not shape the future of human rights at the UN

In the coming months, China will have the power to appoint or nix global UN investigators on freedom of speech, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and health.
The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action. Callista Images/Getty

The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which catalyzed action to protect the environment not just in the US but internationally.
Traders sell food at a busy market in Kampala, Uganda on March 26, 2020. COVID-19 could devastate impoverished communities in Africa and contribute to a second wave of the global pandemic, which is why Canada must not adopt a ‘Canada First’ response. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Canada must act globally in response to the coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic demands that Canada and other rich countries do all they can to slow the global spread of the virus — for the health security of people around the world, and for Canadians too.

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