Building Peace and Security
Youth and MINUSMA together for peace

A Senegalese peacekeeper from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) waves at children during a sport event organized to promote peace among the youth. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

WFMC advocates a much larger role for Canada in support of United Nations peace operations, as well as the creation of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS), that would provide the UN with a permanent rapid reaction capability. WFMC is a member of the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada, as well.

As well, WFMC has an interest in arms control and has joined with other civil society organizations to advocate for changes in Canada’s recent implementing legislation on the Convention on Cluster Munitions. WFMC is also a member of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW)

FOCUS: Defense Policy Review: A Shift to Sustainable Peace and Common Security

Led by the Rideau Institute and the Group of 78, a submission in the summer of 2016 to the Defence Policy Review titled “A Shift to Sustainable Peace and Common Security” was made on behalf of a number of civil society organizations, including WFMC. The submission recommends a “UN-centred sustainable peace and common security” framework with the UN Charter as its bedrock. It also gives specific recommendations around a full re-engagement in peacekeeping and leadership in peacekeeping training; UNEPS; nuclear abolition; cluster munitions; and the Arms Trade Treaty.

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