Essay about How Joining The United Nations Affected Canada

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How Joining the United Nations affected Canada

Since its inception in 1945, closely following the catastrophic second world war, the UN has been making the world a better place, in general. Few countries contributed as much and were shaped by the UN as much as Canada. From peacekeeping missions to national identity, Canada has taken advantage of the possibilities the UN has provided and continues to revel in the benefits. In this essay, I will focus on Canada’s contributions to the UN’s promotion of universal human rights from the years 1945 to 1960 and how these contributions began, to what extent Canada goes to pursue the UN’s goals and how they impacted Canada’s identity for the better.

Today, Canada, as a country, has a reputation first and foremost as a peacekeeping country. Yet this would have not been so if it had not been for Canada’s willing and active involvement in the early, although impactful, stages of the United Nation’s first suppression of a possible world war. This reputation all commenced with Canada’s involvement in the problematic Suez Crisis in 1956. This highly complex situation (1) involving Egypt, France, Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union was dealt with with what we now call a “peacekeeping” effort. This idea of a “peacekeeping” as a full-fledged force (2) was actually first suggested by then Minister of External Affairs of Canada, Lester B. Pearson (3). The sensitive and critical timing of Pearson’s proposal was key in the…

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