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Group of 78 Policy Conference on the United Nations at 70

Strengthening Multilateral Cooperation: The United Nations at 70

Ever since the statement issued by the original 78 signatories in November 1981, the hallmark of the Group of 78 has been to promote the three inter-related objectives of peace, equitable development, and strengthening the United Nations as the pre-eminent forum through which world problems can be addressed and solved. Seventy years after the birth of the UN, these objectives seem as compelling as ever, but their achievement remains daunting.

The Group of 78’s 2015 Annual Conference will focus on the critical importance of the UN, assessing its performance and its prospects for effectiveness in the future, particularly in the spheres of peace and equitable development.

Speakers and participants at the conference will examine the following questions and develop policy recommendations to guide Canadian foreign policy:

  • How can we strengthen the United Nations in carrying out its mandate to halt conflict and support economic and social development? What part of this mandate does it do well, and how could it do better?
  • How can the UN’s support for equitable development and for peace and security be made more mutually reinforcing? What are the prospects for the new sustainable development goals in this regard?
  • On which issues and by what actions should Canada provide leadership or take significant initiatives for peace building and on economic and social development through the United Nations system?

Peggy Mason, former UN Ambassador for Disarmament and President of the Rideau Institute, will be giving the luncheon address titled “A Canadian Security and Defence Policy for the 21st century: Role of the UN.”

To attend the conference, please register online at: Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference tickets

For more information on the Group of 78 and the conference program click on the image below:

Here are highlights from the program:

  • Fulfilling the UN’s role as the pre-eminent forum for multilateral co-operation.
  • Strengthening the UN’s role in conflict prevention and resolution.
  • Equitable development and sustainable peace: reinforcing the synergies.
  • A Canadian Security and Defence Policy for the 21st century: Role of the UN
  • Canada and the UN system: renewing our multilateral commitments.

 

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