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Prime minister appoints Rae as ambassador to the United Nations

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:15 PM | By John Chunn


The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on July 6 announced the appointment of Bob Rae as the ambassador and permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York.

According to the PMO’s press release, Rae, former premier of Ontario from 1990-95, brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently serving as Canada’s special envoy on humanitarian and refugee issues, building on his earlier work as Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar. In these positions, Rae closely collaborated with the UN and the international community to help lead Canada’s efforts to address pressing humanitarian and refugee issues around the world.

Rae will succeed Marc-André Blanchard as Canada’s permanent representative to the UN in New York. Blanchard, who informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of his intention to leave his post earlier this year, served as a strong voice for innovation and reform at the UN. He also helped develop Canada’s leading role in international discussions on financing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including most recently in the context of the global response to COVID-19. Blanchard also sought to better integrate the UN’s work on development and security issues, and contributed to Canada’s expanded engagement with many regional partners. After more than four years of service, Blanchard leaves his role having made a significant contribution to both the UN and advancing Canada’s place in the world.

“After more than four years of service to our country and the global community, I thank Marc-André Blanchard as he leaves his post as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. His dedication played a vital role in advancing global co-operation, and helped Canada re-engage with partners to increase our place in the world and contribute to our efforts to help tackle the most important challenges of our time,” said Trudeau.