Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not deliver Canada’s address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this year.
However, Trudeau will take part in other high-level events at the UN, said, Canadian officials
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will speak on Canada’s behalf before the annual gathering of world leaders on Sept. 29.
Trudeau will actually address the General Assembly when he speaks at the Mandela Peace Summit — described as a “high-profile plenary” on global peace named in honour of the centenary of the birth of former South African president Nelson Mandela — the day before the start of General Assembly debate. The speech will be limited to a three-minute address.
The aim of the summit is to adopt a ‘”short and concise” political declaration negotiated by member states re-affirming a commitment to “a just, peaceful, prosperous, democratic, fair, equitable and inclusive world.”
The PM also will be among the keynote speakers at an event being hosted by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Sept. 24 titled ‘Financing Sustainable Development.’ The high-level meeting aims to mobilize funding for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include climate action, poverty eradication and quality education.
Development and education also will be among the major themes the Canadian delegation will be pushing at various panels and side events during leader’s week.