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Available Expert - United Nations prepares to vote on newest member of Security Council

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Queen’s University expert Jane Boulden is available to comment on Wednesday’s vote that will determine who will sit on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years. UN ambassadors will come to the General Assembly in small groups, cast ballots and leave. If there is a need for a second or third ballot, to secure the required two-thirds support, the ambassadors will come back, likely on subsequent days. 

Canada has had a seat six times since the UN’s founding in 1945, roughly once per decade, but as a country, we have been absent for 20 years. 

“Canada did not win a seat the last time it attempted to get a seat in 2010 so a second loss would mean that Canada would experience the longest ever time period without being on the Council,” says Dr. Boulden, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies and a Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). She is also a Political Science Professor at Royal Military College. 

“The Trudeau government has prioritized the winning of a Security Council seat both because of the prestige and influence that comes with it but also because it would be symbolic of Canada’s return to a higher profile in the international arena. A loss would be a real blow to the Trudeau government and a victory would be a real achievement.” 

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada. 

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