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  • Canada needs to do more to support UN Peacekeeping
  • Defence and Aid Policy Reviews

Canada needs to do more to support UN Peacekeeping

The new Liberal government has indicated that Canada intends to dedicate more resources and personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping. But will they? So far, Canada’s interest in UN peace operations has been demonstrated more by words than deeds.

WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt recently wrote an opinion piece on CCIC's Development Unplugged blog on Huffington Post titled Canada's Return To UN Peacekeeping: Are We There Yet?

Statements by the Prime Minister, at the UN and during Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent visit to Canada, certainly give the impression that Canada’s commitment to peacekeeping will be strengthened and renewed.
But the actions taken by various ministries of the Government of Canada suggest otherwise. For example:

*More than 6 months after the election, Canada’s military and police contributions to UN operations have continued to decline, and have reached an all-time low! Canada now ranks 77th among UN member states, with only 49 police and 27 military personnel deployed.

*A United Nations General Assembly High-level Thematic Debate on the UN, Peace and Security in May provided a culminating meeting for three UN review processes to upgrade UN machinery and procedures in Peace Operations, Peacebuilding and Women, Peace and Security. This important High-level meeting included a portion of the agenda for government ministers. However, Canada sent neither Foreign Minister Dion nor the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. This High-level meeting was a missed opportunity.
The fact sheet on Canada and UN Peacekeeping, published annually by the World Federalists, documents a UN peacekeeping system stretched to the limit. In fact, as of July 2015, five UN missions were staffed significantly below personnel levels mandated by the UN Security Council.

The UN needs help from governments like Canada. Why are we waiting?
What you can do

Email Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to make specific commitments to UN peacekeeping.

Defence and Aid Policy Reviews

Amongst the various consultations and policy reviews that the federal government is currently undertaking, are a defence policy review and an international assistance review.

Defence Policy Review

The defence policy review is another avenue through which input on peacekeeping can be submitted. The provided background materials frame discussion about peacekeeping not as an enduring commitment, but as a question: “What form should the CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) contribution to peace support operations take?” And “Is there a role for the CAF in helping to prevent conflict before it occurs?”

What you can do

Access the government’s online Defence Policy Review website. Use either the “e-workbook” or “virtual forum” to indicate your views. A sample comment is here. A consultation toolkit, including background information, is available. In-person consultations open to the public are listed as well.

Development Assistance Review

The development assistance review will "help establish an international assistance policy and funding framework that will be focused on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people, and supporting fragile states, while advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. A special emphasis will be placed on women and girls and applying a feminist lens to all of Canada’s international assistance activities."

The review is covering a broad range of subject areas, including health, clean economic growth and climate change, governance, human rights, peace and security, and humanitarian aid.

What you can do

Go to the review's webpage, which includes a discussion paper and contact information for submitting input. For this review, in-person consultations will be by invitation only, although there are plans to provide live webcasts.
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