March 14, 2016 9:27 am
Updated: March 14, 2016 12:18 pm

Justin Trudeau back on the road this week for United Nations events

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon take part in a joint news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament hill in Ottawa, Thursday February 11, 2016.


Just days after returning from a state visit with the American president in Washington DC, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be on the road again this week, this time heading to New York City.

The prime minister’s office announced Monday morning that Trudeau would be in New York on March 16 and 17 to meet with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The secretary general was in Ottawa in February, signalling what many observers called a renewal of ties between Canada and the UN.

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Trudeau’s trip this week will also be used to “reiterate Canada’s support for the United Nations, and to promote women’s rights and gender equality,” according to an official release.

“During his meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Prime Minister will emphasize Canada’s commitment to play a positive and constructive role in the world, and to make meaningful contributions to issues that include climate change, respect for diversity and human rights, and support for international peace operations,” the release stated.

Trudeau is expected to participate in a round-table discussion on girls’ advocacy at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, and will discuss gender equality with the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Outside the United Nations, the prime minister is scheduled to meet with local business leaders and will receive a special commendation “for his leadership to advance inclusiveness, diversity, and gender equality” at the annual Catalyst Awards Dinner.

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