Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will seek a United Nations Security Council seat as vacancies come up.

Trudeau spoke Thursday after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Trudeau says seeking a council seat meshes with his government's plan to renew Canada's relationship with the world body, which cooled under the previous government.

Stephen Harper's former Conservative government was criticized for failing to make a strong bid for a seat on the 15-member council in 2010.

Trudeau and Ban also discussed climate change, the resettlement of refugees and Canada's return to major peacekeeping operations.