Canada and the UN Security Council: Implications for Canadian membership

OTTAWA, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada is in a serious competition for election to the Security Council in October this year. But the Security Council - and the global environment - have changed dramatically in the decade since Canada was last elected. Colin Keating, a leading expert on the UN Security Council, will be in Ottawa on February 19 to deliver a lecture at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He will discuss the challenges Canada faces and the risks and opportunities for elected members.

    Date: Friday, February 19, 2010
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Where: IDRC, 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

Colin Keating is a former New Zealand diplomat and Legal Adviser of the Foreign Ministry. He served as New Zealand Ambassador to the UN from 1993-1996, and was Security Council president during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Keating has been widely recognized for his leadership and advocacy at that time in trying to secure a timely and effective response. He also led the Security Council Mission to Somalia and chaired the Security Council Committee on Sanctions against Iraq. Keating is now a Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University and Executive Director of Security Council Report.

The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.

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For 40 years, Canada's International Development Research Centre has been supporting research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

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