Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds up a finger as he campaigns for the rotating chair of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters in New York on Feb. 6, 2020.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned for the Security Council rotating chairmanship on Wednesday, accusing Syria and North Korea of threats to international peace and stability.
After presenting his credentials as Canada's 20th official representative to the United Nations on Monday, Trudeau blasted the United States and China for intimidating its allies and opponents. He has been among the most forceful critics of President Trump's U.S. policies, including his controversial North Korea strategy.
"We look forward to actively supporting a less interventionist, less protectionist and less isolationist world. This is in our national interests and it is in the world's interest," Trudeau said.
He has long been positioned to seek the Security Council presidency, but it won't come his way. Russia won the job in December, a post U.S. officials dismissed as a political stunt by one of the two permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-member council.