It was the final day of 67th United Nations General Assembly, where Baird mentioned that “I believe the UN spends too much time on itself. It must now look outward.” He stated that “the preoccupation with procedure and process must yield to substance and results. If the UN focuses on the achievement of goals such as prosperity, security and human dignity, then reform will take care of itself.”
Canada has recently developed a pattern of moderately low-ranking speeches at the UN, and it can be easily highlighted by the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s giving up his speech for the sake of attending an award ceremony in New York. During his entire time as Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has just addressed the General Assembly of United Nations twice. This year also, he substituted all his official speaking duties to Baird.