peacekeeping

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Mondial Summer 2020: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falls far short of government commitments

pdf available The Canada and UN Peacekeeping 2020 update, released each year on August 9 by WFMC, demonstrates that the number of Canadian peacekeepers has reached historically low levels. Canadian contributions of military and police personnel are at historic lows, with only 34 individuals (24 military and 10 police) deployed to UN operations as of […]

TakeAction for August 2020: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falls far short of government commitments

The Canada and UN Peacekeeping 2020 update, released each year on August 9 by WFMC, demonstrates that the number of Canadian peacekeepers has reached historically low levels. According to WFMC President, Dr Walter Dorn, “This year’s numbers are particularly disappointing. Canadians were told that this country would do more, not less to support UN peace […]

Canada’s current peacekeeping commitments

WFM – Canada and a number of other peace organizations recently called for Canada to make a renewed commitment of military, civilian and police personnel to the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).  The UN Department of Peace Operations has set out mission requirements for MINUSMA that includes the kinds of needs (for helicopters, monitoring […]

NGO call for Canadian peacekeeping contributions

Earlier this month, WFMC, Artistes pour la Paix. Canadian Pugwash, Project Ploughshares, and the Rideau Institute sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to renew Canada’s commitment to UN peacekeeping, in particular through a substantive contribution to the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Included with the letter was a two page brief by WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn explaining in more detail why […]

TakeAction for April 2020: NGO call for Canadian peacekeeping contributions

While the world is plunged into a major pandemic that is altering the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, essential services must still be maintained. And for the United Nations, one of those essential activities is peacekeeping.  Not only do peace operations need to be maintained (within the context of national social distancing guidelines and […]

War and Peace in Cyberspace talk postponed

The annual Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum, planned for April 2nd in Toronto, has been postponed. This year’s topic was to be War and Peace in Cyberspace. The internet has created dramatic growth and development, but cybercrime and cyberwar are also realities. What can the United Nations do to lessen cyber-attacks?  Is peacekeeping in cyberspace possible, as it […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping Update

pdf available In both the Liberal platform during the recent federal election and in the more recent speech from the throne, the current government committed rather vaguely to “renew Canada’s commitment” to United Nations peacekeeping.  As it currently stands, with the end of Canada’s all-too-brief deployment to the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Canada has […]

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 […]

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