Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived on the United Nations Basic Meeting on a mission to remind the world that there’s extra to Canadian overseas coverage than simply Donald Trump and North American free commerce.
Trudeau is starting his day on the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the place he’s scheduled to ship temporary remarks later this afternoon.
He additionally has quite a few bilateral conferences scheduled to happen on the fringes of the meeting.
Whereas Canada is eager to renew its efforts to safe a coveted seat on the UN Safety Council, NAFTA – the federal government’s predominant overseas coverage preoccupation for the final yr – gained’t be removed from Trudeau’s thoughts.
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Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who can also be on the UN this week, is anticipated to carry casual talks with U.S. commerce ambassador Robert Lighthizer as the 2 sides proceed to attempt to attain a commerce settlement earlier than a congressional deadline of Oct. 1.
Trudeau can also be scheduled to attend a gathering of the UN’s financial and social council to speak about easy methods to finance that group’s efforts to advance sustainable growth by the yr 2030, and attend a roundtable of leaders in women’ training.