If Canada is to win a UN Security Council seat over UN stalwarts, Norway and Ireland, then we need to think big. Now is the time for Canada to throw its weight squarely behind a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).
NATO membership does not seem to hamper Germany’s ability to vigorously engage in the Stockholm Disarmament Initiative in the lead up to the vital 2020 NPT Review Conference. So what is holding Canada back?
Whatever the outcome of Canada’s Security Council bid, robust mechanisms for sustained, substantive civil society engagement are an indispensable part of enhancing Canadian capacity for UN leadership on peace and security.