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TakeAction for May 2017: Building Canada’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping

Later this month, on May 29, the international community will celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Each year at this time the world recognizes the commitment of those current and former members of UN operations, as well as those who have died in the line of duty, helping the UN restore peace to […]

Canada’s Peacekeping delays raise eyebrows at the UN

PassBlue, which reports from New York on a range of UN developments, noted in a recent article that the Canadian diplomatic mission at the UN cancelled an April 27 event that was to promote a major international conference on peacekeeping that Canada is scheduled to host this November in Vancouver. The article goes on to […]

Canada dithers on its peacekeeping pledges

In an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen, WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt and WFMC Presicent Walter Dorn write: On the night of his federal election victory in October 2015, Justin Trudeau proudly declared that “Canada is back” on the international stage. A signature activity of his government was to “renew Canada’s commitment to United […]

WFMC News for January 2017

Check out WFMC’s monthly news, including Canada and Peacekeeping: Still missing in action WFMC seminar focuses on Canada and the crime of aggression WFMC – Montreal to host post-holiday luncheon Canadian Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: Help Wanted

TakeAction: Canada’s commitment to UN peacekeeping

In an article in the December 2016 edition of Mondial, WFMC President Walter Dorn and Board member Sylvain Paquet discuss the delays that have plagued the government of Canada’s return to United Nations peacekeeping. “Where is Canada?” they ask. “It has not yet deployed new forces in UN-mandated peace operations … Even now, more than […]

Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations

Have you been reading the latest issue of Mondial? The cover story, Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations, is written by WFMC President Walter Dorn with WFMC Board Member Sylvain Pâquet. In his election eve victory speech, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared something that stoked the imagination of idealists everywhere: “Canada is back.” The old […]

Sustainable Common Security

pdf available Disintegration is spreading. Overlapping crises are accelerating. In many parts of the world people feel deep insecurity. In the search for solutions, idealism may be considered naïve, but it’s now as critical as cooperation. And, we desperately need hope, along with a guide to addressing urgent global challenges. Sustainable common security might help […]

Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations

pdf available In his election eve victory speech, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared something that stoked the imagination of idealists everywhere: “Canada is back.” The old Canada, that impartial friend of the peace-loving population, was declared ready to help those in need around the world. But where is Canada? It has not yet deployed […]

Canada at the UN

Canada’s participation at the opening of a new session of the UN General Assembly was noticeably different this year than under the previous government. Prime Minister Trudeau was accompanied by four Cabinet Ministers, each pursuing an agenda corresponding to their Cabinet responsibilities. The Prime Minister and Minister McCallum were focused on refugee issues, with Mr. […]

Canada’s involvement with UN peace operations

August 9th was National Peacekeepers Day in Canada and WFMC marked the day with a press release and the update of our annual Canada and UN Peacekeeping Fact Sheet. The fact sheet illustrates what we already know — that Canada’s rank among contributors to UN peace operations remains low. The United Nations ranked Canada 67th […]

Canada’s support for UN peace operations: Still Missing in Action

Canada’s rank among contributors to UN peace operations remains low. As of June 30, 2016, Canada is 67th with only 31 military personnel and 75 police officers in the field. National Peacekeepers’ Day is a chance to take stock of Canada’s actions over the previous year and to consider how Canada can make a more […]

UN Accountability Pledge

Co-ordinated by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and AIDS-Free World, thirty-seven civil society organizations have signed a letter calling on the candidates for the next UN Secretary-General to take an Accountability Pledge that signals their commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations. The pledge asks the Secretary-General candidates to […]

Peacekeeping and UNEPS

Erika Simpson, an associate professor of international relations at the University of Western Ontario, had an opinion piece in the London Free Press last week titled, “Canada should jump-start a UN Emergency Peace Service and Canadian peacekeeping training centre.” Simpson writes, “A new UNEPS would be inexpensive and small but could help prevent armed conflict, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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