UPEACE Talks: Canada and the International System by Ambassador Michael Gort




21  November 2016, University for Peace Campus - UPEACE Talks. On Monday 21 November, the Canadian Ambassador in Costa Rica visited the Rodrigo Carazo Odio campus of the University for Peace to share with UPEACE students and speak about Canadian foreign politics and its influence in the International System.

During his visit the Ambassador caught the attention of the participants with his jokes and a very particular shirt. He shared with the students that he had bought it in Italy and had not had the opportunity to wear it. The shirt read: “Make pasta not war”.

The Ambassador made a summary of the main foreign policy issues Canada faces and mentioned the relations with United States, Mexico, Central America and different European countries. He also referred to the immigration and refugee policy Canada is implementing. Furthermore, he spoke about mining policies and climate change.

The participants had the opportunity to present several questions to the Ambassador on subjects such as peacekeeping operations, transnational crime, sovereignty, transnational crime and international relations. Another subject that received special attention from students was the study opportunities available in Canada for foreign students.

At the end of the event, the Canadian students had a private coffee meeting with the Ambassador to discuss several subjects with him including the possibility of Canada signing the agreement on the creation of the University for Peace.

For more information, please contact Ana Lucía Guerrero at aguerrero@upeace.org or call +506 2205-9000