Trudeau heading south to bring Security Council seat pitch to Caribbean states

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the first stop on his overseas campaign to win Canada a seat on the United Nations Security Council. As David Akin explains, Trudeau brought along a secret weapon to help gain support from African leaders. – Feb 7, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will head to the Caribbean next week to make his pitch to a new audience for why Canada should be given a seat on the UN Security Council.

Trudeau is to fly to the island nation of Barbados on Monday for a two-day visit that coincides with a gathering of leaders from the Caribbean Community, or Caricom.

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While Trudeau is expected to talk to Caribbean leaders about climate change, given the region’s particular vulnerabilities to its impacts, the Security Council seat will also figure prominently.

The visit south will come after Trudeau concludes a week-long voyage shaking hands with leaders in Africa and Europe in an attempt to lock down votes for a seat at the Security Council table from those countries.

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Canada, Norway and Ireland are the three countries vying for two seats available to Western European countries and Canada, which the winners will occupy for two years.

Canada last sat on the Security Council in 2000, with Stephen Harper’s Conservative government having lost its bid for a seat in 2010.

That vote is set to take place in June.

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