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Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, To Visit Trudeau In Ottawa

02/05/2016 10:56 EST | Updated 02/07/2016 01:59 EST

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister's Office says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Ottawa and Montreal next week.

He and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are scheduled to discuss a number of topics, including climate change and the Syrian refugee crisis.

The PMO says Trudeau will use the meeting to reaffirm Canada's commitment to the UN and to greater co-operation on the world stage.

The meeting is another step in Trudeau's effort to reinvigorate Canada's relationship with the UN.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust at the UN in New York on Jan. 27, 2016. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Since his election, Trudeau has stressed the need to work more closely with the world body in contrast to the approach of the Harper government, which tended to play down the organization and its influence around the globe.

Trudeau and the secretary general will also meet with young Canadians to discuss the importance of building diverse societies to promote peace and broad economic growth.

In a news release, the prime minister said the UN's work is essential to a peaceful and prosperous world.

"Canada is proud of the part it has played in the UN's successes, from protecting human rights to peacekeeping,'' he said. "I want to restore Canada's voice and leadership role at the UN.''

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