Canada loses to Ireland and Norway in Security Council vote


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invested heavily in the campaign

Canada lost its last candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council despite an expensive and starred campaign.

He lost to Ireland and Norway for the two seats in the “Western bloc”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invested heavily in the campaign, employed 13 people full time and invited diplomats to a Celine Dion concert in New York.

Meanwhile, Ireland eliminated U2 for a similar show, but spent about half as much on its campaign.

Canada has reported spending approximately $ 1.74 million (£ 1.37 million). At the end of last year, Ireland spent $ 800,000 and Norway $ 2.8 million.

  • The lengths that countries go to sit at the top table of the United Nations

The Security Council has 10 non-permanent members, elected for two years each, in addition to the permanent members of the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the United States. All permanent members have the right to veto resolutions.

The council can authorize peacekeeping operations, impose international sanctions, and determine how the UN should respond to conflicts around the world.

What happened during the vote?

Norway got 130 votes, while Ireland got 128 and Canada got only 108.

India ran unopposed to win in the Asia-Pacific region, while Mexico also ran unopposed.

The terms of new members begin on January 1, 2021.

Is it embarrassing for Canada?

It will be a very disappointing result for Mr. Trudeau after a long campaign to get one of the coveted positions and raise Canada’s profile on the world stage.

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UN diplomats got tickets for U2 and Céline Dion concerts

Trudeau spent part of this year on the campaign trail, trying to get votes from Caribbean and African countries during overseas trips in February. Delegates were also treated to a night of Celine Dion hits in New York.

But the 108 votes were even less than the 114 that the country had received during its last unsuccessful campaign in 2010. Portugal, a small European nation in economic crisis at the time, then won an upset victory.


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