Canada's Memberships

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Various organizations of which Canada is a member:

International Organizartions
Name Abbr. Home page link Description (quoted from the organizations' home pages)
The United Nations UN
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
The Organization of American States OAS
The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states—as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter—"an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence."

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU).

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative APEC
APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum. Our primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

We are united in our drive to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security, and facilitating a favorable and sustainable business environment. Our initiatives turn policy goals into concrete results and agreements into tangible benefits.

The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to approximately 2.4 billion citizens, of which over 60% are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.

Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter

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International Organization of La Francophonie OIF

The mission of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) is to give substance to active solidarity between the 84 member states and governments (58 members and 26 observers). A community of destiny conscious of the links and potential that come from sharing a language, French, and universal values.

The aim of the OIF is to contribute to improving the living standards of its populations by helping them to become the actors of their own development.


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