Study outlines action plan for country to enhance its international
CALGARY, May 9 /CNW/ - In a paper, released today by The School of
Public Policy, Paul Heinbecker examines the G-20 as a major innovation
in international governance.
The author suggests that Canada's foreign policy interests can be
advanced through careful use of G-20 relationships.
"No other organization or institution, at least potentially, offers more
advantages and opportunities to us to advance crucial interests than
the G-20 does," Heinbecker writes.
The paper outlines ten points of action for Canada to advance its role
in the G-20 and to position Canada as an influential international
player. Among these recommendations is a call for Canada to compensate
at least to some degree, for the loss of the UN Security Council
election by making the most of our membership in the G-20. He also
urges that Canada push for collaboration between the UN and the G-20.
"The G-20 can make the UN more effective by importing consensuses among
major powers, where that it is achievable, into UN deliberations,"
Other recommendations include Canada promoting issue-specific alliances
within the G-20 for addressing global security challenges, as well as
representing the interests of smaller countries that do not have a
place in the G-20.
"Canada could make itself the champion of the importance of the G-20's
taking into account - genuinely and effectively - the views of the 172
countries that are not members of the G-20," Heinbecker writes. "It is
a role that our diplomatic traditions and residual competencies
position us to play superbly."
The paper can be found by going to www.policyschool.ca, then clicking "latest papers".
SOURCE University of Calgary - School of Public Policy
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