Why Canada failed to win a seat on the Security Council

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Any serious candidate for one of ten rotating seats on the un Security Council will have to schmooze. Before the pandemic Canada entertained ambassadors to the un with a concert in New York by Celine Dion, a French-Canadian singer. Ireland induced u2, a rock band from Dublin, to give its candidacy a plug from the stage. Lacking globally famous pop stars, Norway spent Nkr2m ($210,000) on a travelling exhibition promoting its “contribution to African liberation”.

They were competing for two seats on the un’s main decision-making body, which has five permanent members with vetoes, including the United States and China. On June 17th un member states chose Norway and Ireland. Their two-year terms begin in January 2021. Canada, which has more people and a larger economy than both put together, fell 20 votes short of Ireland in the secret ballot. Economist.com

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