G-20 holds key to Canada's diplomatic future

Study outlines action plan for country to enhance its international reputation

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," Heinbecker writes.

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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