peacekeeping

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Update on Canada and UN peacekeeping

As Canada winds down its commitment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, a recent CBC investigation raised the issue of how allegations of sexual misconduct by Canadian peacekeepers are handled once they return to Canada. The situation is related to non-RCMP police who deploy under RCMP oversight. As the article says, “When the UN finds credible information […]

TakeAction for August 2019: Building peacekeeping

The next Canadian government faces decisions on UN peacekeeping The United Nations currently has about 100,000 military, police, and civilian personnel serving in 14 peacekeeping missions. That’s more troops in UN field operations than any actor in the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense and more than the UK, France, China, and Russia put together.  […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping Update

WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn has an opinion piece in the Toronto Star today, August 22nd, titled “What Happened to Trudeau’s Peacekeeping Promise?” that summarizes the promises made by the Trudeau government, how they have failed to materialize, and where responsibility for that failure lies. August 9th marked National Peacekeepers’ Day in Canada and WFMC, through our Canadians […]

Canada and peacekeeping update

pdf available As of the end of May 2019, there are 190 Canadian uniformed personnel currently deployed on United Nations peacekeeping missions. Currently, Canada’s largest single peacekeeping deployment is to MINUSMA, in Mali, with 165 personnel. This is scheduled to end July 31st, 2019. The Canadian defence department frequently states that the number deployed in […]

Peacekeeping in Cyberspace?

WFM – Canada President Walter Dorn presented a paper on “Cyberpeacekeeping: New Ways to Prevent and Manage Cyberattacks” June 5 at the Vancouver (UBC) meetings of the Canadian Peace Research Association. There are a growing number of examples of cyberattacks in regions of tensions and armed conflict. The paper discusses the applicability of the principles of peacekeeping […]

Canada’s (too short) extension to the Mali deployment

Earlier this month, it was announced that Canada’s deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will be extended until the end of August. The detachment of helicopters was originally scheduled to leave a month earlier. However, Romania, who are taking over the transport and medical evacuation tasks from Canada, will not have their […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Celebrating May 29, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falters

Ottawa – Today, as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated worldwide, Canada’s support for UN peacekeeping remains weak . . . and is about to get weaker. Canada’s largest peacekeeping deployment in Mali is scheduled to end July 31st. The UN Department of Peace Operations had requested that Canada’s air task force remain a few […]

Press release: Canada’s faltering support for UN peace operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  2 April, 2019 Ottawa  – The Government of Canada has let down the United Nations once again.  In New York last Friday, at the time of the UN’s 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, Foreign Minister Freeland announced Canada’s decision not to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali.  Canada’s mission is scheduled to end […]

Canada, Mali, and what will happen next

According to an article from Canadian Press this month, the United Nations sent a request to Canada in late February to extend the Canadian peacekeeping deployment in Mali. Canada’s current contingent in Mali, of 250 troops and 8 helicopters, has been providing emergency medical evacuations, as well as transporting troops and equipment. They are scheduled to leave at […]

An update on Canada’s UN peacekeeping commitments

Earlier this month, the Standing Committee on National Defence of the House of Commons traveled to Mali and Senegal on a week-long fact-finding mission that included a meeting with Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who heads the UN stabilization mission in Mali. The committee was told by Annadif that the gap between Canada leaving in July and Romania beginning […]

Update on Canada, Mali, and UN Peacekeeping

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Canadian peacekeeping personnel in Mali on December 22nd. Trudeau dismissed questions about extending Canada’s deployment, scheduled to end next summer, but said that “part of the way Canada can best help involves coming, taking on an operation, demonstrating how it can be done in the absolute […]

Canada’s Mali peacekeeping deployment update

In a troubling development, earlier this month, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed that Canada will not be extending its peacekeeping commitment in Mali. Sajjan was quoted as saying, “We’ve said this for a year. We wanted to offer up support for what the UN wanted to do. One big ask they had was the concept of smart […]

National Peacekeepers’ Day: Canada’s support for UN peace operations: Still a work in progress

With more than 104,000 military, police and civilian personnel now serving in 14 UN-led peacekeeping missions, the UN currently supports more troops in field operations than any actor in the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense and more than the UK, France, China and Russia put together. In March of this year, Foreign Affairs […]

Canada and the situation in Mali

pdf available by Corey Levine The following is a summary of Corey Levine’s contribution to the Africa Studies Group’s panel discussion on “Canada’s Contribution to the UN’s Peacekeeping Mission in Mali (MINUSMA): From Risk Taking to Being a Responsible Global Player” that was held April 25, 2018 in Ottawa. Corey Levine is a human rights […]

Update: Peacekeeping and Canada

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier Upon election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to re-engage in UN peacekeeping. He gave explicit instructions to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in the minister’s mandate letter. In August 2016 Canada announced a commitment of up to 600 military personnel, 150 police and $450 million over three years. That commitment was […]

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