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Will Canada avoid embarrassment at international peacekeeping meeting?

Senegalese peacekeepers in Mali with youth

Senegalese peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Canada will host the 2017 Defence Ministerial Meeting on Peacekeeping, which takes place this November 14 & 15 in Vancouver. Over 500 delegates from 70 countries are expected to attend.

Media interest in the meeting has been growing, in part because Canada’s August 2016 pledge to deploy up to 600 military and 150 police peacekeepers has not been acted upon. Barring some last-minute announcement, Canada, a country that has aspirations of being elected to a two-year term on the UN Security Council, appears willing to stand before the world this November hosting a peacekeeping pledging conference while failing to fulfill its own pledges.

In response to this controversy, World Federalists will publish in early November a volume of 10 expert essays titled “Canada and the United Nations: Canada’s re-engagement with UN peace operations.” The publication will feature former foreign ministers, ambassadors, retired military, academic and civil society experts discussing the importance of a long-term Canadian commitment to UN peace operations. The publication will be online on the site of the UN and Canada project, as well as on the WFMC website, after November 10.

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