Prime Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly in New York

2023 September 14

When it comes to addressing the global challenges of our time, like climate change and conflict that is driving up inflation and the cost of living, it is critical that we work together. I look forward making real progress with international partners at the United Nations to build a better world, fight climate change, protect our oceans, and defend democracy now and into the future.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to New York City, United States of America, from September 19 to 21, 2023, to participate in the 78th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

He will work closely with our global partners to build a better world for everyone, including by advocating for ambitious climate action, global security, democracy, human rights, and access to health care.

As Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates group, the Prime Minister will speak at the SDG Summit, where he will reiterate Canada’s leadership and commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the global framework for achieving an equal, peaceful, and prosperous future – at home and abroad.

To drive global action on climate change and build a clean, healthy world for future generations, the Prime Minister will convene leaders at a Global Carbon Pricing Challenge event to demonstrate the powerful role that pollution pricing can play in helping achieve our climate goals, while making life more affordable for people. The Prime Minister will also advance ocean-based climate action and ocean protection that supports sustainable livelihoods for coastal and Indigenous communities at the Ocean Panel leaders’ meeting.

Prime Minister Trudeau will also continue to position Canada as a reliable and consistent advocate for developing countries’ needs and priorities during his participation in the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development to assess progress on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. He will emphasize the importance of working together to reform the financial architecture and improve access to financing for emerging economies and developing countries in the wake of the pandemic and in the face of concurrent global crises like the impacts of climate change.

While in New York, the Prime Minister will host a discussion to identify ways in which the international community can provide concrete support for Haitian-led solutions to the ongoing crisis and help foster sustainable development. The event will be an important platform to strengthen and enhance international coordination efforts in Haiti as political instability, high levels of insecurity and armed violence, extreme inflation, and the cholera outbreak continue to worsen the ongoing crisis in the country.

The Prime Minister will meet with partners from around the world to strengthen ties, advance key shared priorities, and reiterate support for Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war of aggression.