Trudeau, allies call for global unity at UN summit on pandemic recovery
2020-05-28 from cbc.ca
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a call for global co-operation today at a major United Nations meeting aimed at mitigating the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference is taking place as Canada competes with Norway and Ireland for one of two non-permanent seats opening on the UN Security Council next month. Canada is running on a platform of helping to rebuild the post-pandemic world.
Trudeau co-hosted the meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and opened the hours-long video conference by affirming Canada's support for the international institutions he said should be leading the recovery.
"And for the global economy to recover, and for our domestic economies to bounce back, we need a global, co-ordinated plan," Trudeau said.
"Our citizens need to have confidence in international institutions that leave no one behind and are capable of overcoming global challenges."
More than 50 heads of state and government participated in the meeting — including Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Emmanuel Macron and the U.K.'s Boris Johnson — along with representatives of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the private sector.
U.S. President Donald Trump did not take part. Trump has argued that wise leaders put the interests of their own countries first.
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