free login no deposit bonus casino list uk_Welfare offer betfair exchange app android download_royal panda telephone number https://www.google.com//1b1 World Federalist Movement - Canada Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 /1b1/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-smaller-header-32x32.jpg News – Building a world community https://www.google.com//1b1 32 32 Montreal Branch Annual Luncheon https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/montreal-branch-annual-luncheon/ /1b1/2019/01/montreal-branch-annual-luncheon/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:00:02 +0000 /1b1/?p=2575 The Montreal branch of WFMC will hold their annual luncheon on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 1pm at the Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke West, Montreal; 2nd floor, west of the elevator and south of the caf¨¦). The topic for this year is:  What should we think of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

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The Montreal branch of WFMC will hold their annual luncheon on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 1pm at the Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke West, Montreal; 2nd floor, west of the elevator and south of the caf¨¦).

The topic for this year is:  What should we think of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the wake of the US withdrawal and the election of states like Eritrea and the Philippines?  

The speaker will be Ren¨¦ Provost, a professor at McGill University.  Provost was the founding Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and is currently the principal investigator for the Centaur Jurisprudence Project that explores the ways in which the concept of culture is transformed by its consideration through different legal processes.

Places can be reserved by email (tickets are $40).

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Donald Trump, foreign policy, and UNEPS https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/donald-trump-foreign-policy-and-uneps/ /1b1/2019/01/donald-trump-foreign-policy-and-uneps/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:59:18 +0000 /1b1/?p=2571 In a recent article, Trump¡¯s trap: leave vs remain (OpenDemocracy, January 17 2019), Paul Rogers, recipient of the 2018 WFMC World Peace Award, discusses US President Donald Trump’s recent abrupt announcements of the intention to withdraw US forces from Syria and reduce those in Afghanistan.In the conclusion of the article, Rogers references the UNEPS proposal (in particular, […]

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In a recent article, Trump¡¯s trap: leave vs remain (OpenDemocracy, January 17 2019), Paul Rogers, recipient of the 2018 WFMC World Peace Award, discusses US President Donald Trump’s recent abrupt announcements of the intention to withdraw US forces from Syria and reduce those in Afghanistan.

In the conclusion of the article, Rogers references the UNEPS proposal (in particular, H Peter Langille¡¯s 2012 article A UN Emergency Peace Service?) in the final paragraph:

¡°Such two-sided consequences reveal a larger problem in the world¡¯s security resources: the lack of truly internationalist capability. This is badly needed, and especially from?within?the United Nations system. A well funded and trained peacekeeping and peacebuilding force, readily available for deployment, would hugely improve?chances for peace. In looking to the next decades, and the world after Trump, that is something we have to work for.¡±

More information on the proposal for United Nations Emergency Peace Service can be found elsewhere on the WFMC website.

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UN2020: Intergovernmental process gets a re-boot https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/un2020-intergovernmental-process-gets-a-re-boot/ /1b1/2019/01/un2020-intergovernmental-process-gets-a-re-boot/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:58:03 +0000 /1b1/?p=2566 Since January 2017, the UN2020 Initiative has facilitated discussions with many Member States, Secretariat officials and other UN stakeholders on the need for a successful, adequately prepared 75th anniversary commemoration in 2020, one that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, review and strengthening for the organization. In 2018 deliberations within the General Assembly¡¯s Ad Hoc […]

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Since January 2017, the UN2020 Initiative has facilitated discussions with many Member States, Secretariat officials and other UN stakeholders on the need for a successful, adequately prepared 75th anniversary commemoration in 2020, one that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, review and strengthening for the organization.

In 2018 deliberations within the General Assembly¡¯s Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization failed to generate consensus around language that (per the draft resolution text) ¡°called for timely preparations for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations.¡± Following that disappointment, civil society organizations supporting UN2020 called for a separate, stand-alone resolution during the current 73rd session of the GA.

President of the General Assembly (PGA), Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garc¨¦s, Ecuador¡¯s foreign minister

At a meeting with NGOs on December 5th , the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garc¨¦s, Ecuador¡¯s foreign minister, said that her ¡°first priority¡± is the revitalization of the UN, and that she has begun consultations about the need to begin preparations for the 75th UN anniversary summit. Then, on January 15th in a General Assembly briefing to member states on her priorities for 2019, the PGA, Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed that she will soon appoint co-facilitators (i.e. two or more ambassadors) to engage with member states on details related to the theme, date and modalities of the commemoration event.

UN2020 campaigning is increasingly focused on generating support in national capitals and regional contexts around the world. Recent meetings have taken place in Doha, Qatar and at the November Paris Peace Forum. Upcoming events in February are scheduled at the PyeongChang (Korea) Global Peace Forum, the international conference on South-South cooperation in Buenos Aires, and at the annual gathering of the UN¡¯s Commission on Social Development.

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International Criminal Court Update: Decision on Gbagbo case and other news https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/international-criminal-court-update-decision-on-gbagbo-case-and-other-news/ /1b1/2019/01/international-criminal-court-update-decision-on-gbagbo-case-and-other-news/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:56:06 +0000 /1b1/?p=2563 In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Bl¨¦ Goud¨¦ were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in C?te d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the […]

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In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Bl¨¦ Goud¨¦ were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in C?te d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the existence of a “common plan” to keep Mr Gbagbo in power, which included the commission of crimes against civilians “pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organisational policy”; and the existence of patterns of violence from which it could be inferred that there was a “policy to attack a civilian population”.” As well, the Chamber also concluded that public speeches by the defendants had not been demonstrated to constitute the ordering or inducing of the alleged crimes.

Ggagbo and Bl¨¦ Goud¨¦ remain in ICC custody pending a decision on an appeal filed by the Prosecutor.

Investigations into the situation in C?te d’Ivoire continue.

In a post on his blog Justice in Conflict, Mark Kersten offers his reflections on the decision, as well as a link to an interview he did on Al Jazeera. In summary of why the case collapsed, Kersten says, “a number of theories have been floated: political interference in the trial on behalf of Gbagbo and his supporters, insufficient cooperation from the government of the administration of current President Alassane Ouattara, and poor case construction by the ICC. It¡¯s entirely possible that it is all of the above.”

Other news

Patrice-Edouard Nga?ssona was arrested in France in December 2018 and transferred to the ICC on January 23, 2019. He is scheduled to appear before the Pre-Trial Chamber on Friday, January 25. A warrant for Nga?ssona’s arrest was issued on December 7, 2018 for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014.

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ICC Update (December 2018) https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/icc-update-december-2018/ /1b1/2019/01/icc-update-december-2018/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:53:08 +0000 /1b1/?p=2518 pdf available By Monique Cuillerier The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. The preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. A preliminary examination of acts […]

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By Monique Cuillerier

The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants.

The preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

A preliminary examination of acts allegedly committed in Gabon resulted in a decision not to proceed as there was not “a reasonable basis to believe that the acts allegedly committed in Gabon in the context of the 2016 post-election violence, either by members of the opposition or by the Gabonese security forces, constitute crimes against humanity within the meaning of the Rome Statute of the ICC.”

Central African Republic (I)

Referred to the Court by the Government of the Central African Republic in 2004, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes in March 2016. In early June 2018, the Appeals Chamber decided to acquit him because they found the trial court had erroneously convicted Bemba of specific acts outside the scope of the charges and erred in its assessment of whether he took all necessary and reasonable measures to prevent or punish his subordinates of the other crimes involved.

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aim¨¦ Kilolo Musamba, Jean- Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fid¨¨le Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido were found guilty of o?ences against the administration of justice. Appeals resulted in new sentences for Bemba, Mangenda and Kilolo in September 2018. Bemba was sentenced to one year imprisonment and fined EUR 300 000, Kilolo and Mangenda were each sentenced to eleven months imprisonment. Kilolo was fined EUR 30 000. All were credited with time spent in detention and as a result the imprisonment portion of their sentences are considered served. The fines are to be paid by mid-December 2018, three months after the decision, and transferred to the Trust Fund for Victims.

Central African Republic (II)

In May 2014 the Government of CAR referred this situation, which focuses on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since 1 August 2012, in the context of the conflict between Muslim S¨¦l¨¦ka and Christian anti-balaka groups.

An arrest warrant was issued on November 11, 2018 for Alfred Yekatom and he was surrendered to the Court on November 17. An initial appearance before the Court is the next step in the case.

C?te d¡¯Ivoire

The trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Bl¨¦ Goud¨¦ began in January 2016 and continues. Both are accused of four counts of crimes against humanity. The case against Simone Gbagbo remains at the pre-trial stage as she is still not in the custody of the Court.

Darfur, Sudan

There are four current cases concerning the situation in Darfur, Sudan. The suspects in all of the cases — Ahmad Harun, Ali Kushayb, Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, and Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein — remain at large.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In 2012, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment. In December 2017, a decision set the amount of his liability for collective reparations at US$10,000,000. Implementation of the collective reparations decision remains pending.

The trial of Bosco Ntaganda began in September 2015 and closing statements were made in August 2018. Ntaganda is accused of 13 counts of war crimes, and five counts of crimes against humanity. Deliberations continue and the Court’s decision will be made in due course.

Sylvestre Mudacumura, for whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2012, remains at large.

Georgia

An investigation into crimes allegedly committed in and around South Ossetia, Georgia in 2008 was begun in January 2016 and continues.

Libya

The cases of Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, Saif Al- Islam Gaddafi, and Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled remain pending as they all remain at large.

Kenya

Arrest warrants for Walter Osapiri Barasa, Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett for various o?ences against the administration of justice remain outstanding.

Mali

In September 2016, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was found guilty of the war crime of intentionally attacking historic monuments and religious buildings and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. The Reparations Order became final in March 2018. Al Mahdi was found liable for EUR 2.7 million.

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud was surrendered to Court’s custody at the end of March 2018. A confirmation of charges hearing is the next step.

Uganda

The case against Joseph Kony and Vincent Otti remains pending as they are still at large.

The trial of Dominic Ongwen began in December 2016 and the Defence is currently presenting its evidence. Over 4000 victims have been granted the right to participate in the trial.

Other

To date, 123 countries have ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2018.

Last year’s Assembly of States Parties meeting included the adoption of a consensus resolution on the activation of the jurisdiction of the Court over the crime of aggression, as of 17 July 2018. This year’s ASP took place in early December in The Hague.

Monique Cuillerier is the Membership and Communications Director for the World Federalist Movement – Canada.

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National and Branch News https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/national-and-branch-news/ /1b1/2019/01/national-and-branch-news/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:41:16 +0000 /1b1/?p=2484 pdf available WFMC Annual Members Meeting and PeaceQuest events The weekend of November 10th and 11th was a busy one for World Federalists at a series of events held in Kingston in conjunction with PeaceQuest. On Saturday, November 10th, PeaceQuest hosted ¡°Imagining Peace: A Vision for Canada,” which included a keynote address by Paul Rogers. […]

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WFMC Annual Members Meeting and PeaceQuest events

The weekend of November 10th and 11th was a busy one for World Federalists at a series of events held in Kingston in conjunction with PeaceQuest.

On Saturday, November 10th, PeaceQuest hosted ¡°Imagining Peace: A Vision for Canada,” which included a keynote address by Paul Rogers. Rogers was also presented with WFMC’s World Peace Award and a reception was held in his honour.

The WFMC Annual Members Meeting was held on November 11th. A number of new members were welcomed to the Board, including Scott Cooper, John Daniele, Erika Richter, Laura Schnurr, Zac Myers, and Ian Waddell.

Also on the 11th, some WFMC members joined PeaceQuest’s event, ¡°The World Remembers: An afternoon for peace,” a Remembrance Day event marking the centenary of the 1918 armistice and “designed to help participants reflect on the

tragedy of war and imagine how we can contribute to building peace.”

PeaceQuest is a non-profit, non-denominational, and nonpartisan organization that supports and facilitates peace-building initiatives across Canada. PeaceQuest is a project of the World Federalist Foundation.

Warren Allmand Lecture Series

In October, the inaugural lecture in the Warren Allmand Lecture Series was held in Montreal, with more than 250 people attending. John Ralston Saul spoke on the topic, ¡°The Fight for Freedom of Expression Around the World: A Personal Account.¡± Ralston Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International and the author of many books, including Voltaire¡¯s Bastards and The Unconscious Civilization.

The Warren Allmand Lecture Series will be an annual event celebrating Warren Allmand¡¯s life and achievements and the causes he espoused through a lecture given by a prominent Canadian. Former president of the World Federalist Movement ¨C

Canada (2004-2016), as well as the recipient of WFMC¡¯s World Peace Award (1990) and a member of the World Federalists since 1961, Allmand had a long career as a politician as well as a supporter of social justice and human rights.

Montreal

The branch continues to host coffee and discussion meetings on current events topics such as sanctions against Venezuela, cryptocurrency, and the Mali peacekeeping mission. As well, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group (IAG) meets to discuss and write letters to request government action on items such as a national strategy to combat marine plastic pollution and the International Criminal Court’s preliminary

investigation in Myanmar and Bangladesh regarding the genocide against the Rohingya.

In September, members from the branch participated in a Peace Day tree planting, lunch, and then a talk from Monique Cuillerier, of WFMC’s National Office, on feminist foreign policy. 

As part of McGill Community for Lifelong Learning, Scott Cooper led ten group sessions on the Parliament of Man. The last class included WFMC Board Chair John Trent speaking on United Nations reform

Toronto

The Toronto branch recently held their annual general meeting. John Daniele is now the branch president. Following the AGM, WFMC National President Walter Dorn gave a presentation.

Toronto Branch members represented WFMC at the international conference ¡°No War 2018¡± in Toronto in September. During the summer, Richard Horlick led a discussion

on the proposed United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.

The Branch has launched a web site, https://wfmc-toronto.org/.

Victoria

The Victoria branch has hosted talks on a variety of topics. In January, Dr. Mary Wynne Ashford spoke on “North Korea and the USA: Empty Rhetoric or Nuclear Threat”. Dr Ashford participated in the Vancouver Summit on North Korea.

In April, Green Party leader Elizabeth May spoke on “Is Canada Back?” with her personal assessment of how Canada is performing on the international stage. Her talk covered a range of issues, including climate change.

Michael Wheatley gave a presentation in September on the topic “Voting Systems and Your Future” about proportional representation versus first past the post and included a detailed explanation of the different proportional representation systems.

In October, Guy Dauncey spoke about “Crisis Passion and Action: The Climate Crisis Needs You.” The talk was followed by a brainstorming session to identify actions individuals can take to spur politicians to address the issue.

Vancouver

In November, WFMC Board Member Ian Waddell launched his latest book, Take the Torch: A Political Memoir at the Vancouver Art Gallery, about his life as a lawyer, an NDP Member of Parliament, a provincial cabinet minister, and a film producer. Waddell endeavours ¡°to pass on some of the lessons I learned about setting goals for social change and the methods to use to get there ¡­ debating, protesting, and marching, … writing op-ed pieces for newspapers, getting elected, taking on prime ministers,

dictators and kings, grabbing maces, lobbying diplomats in the lobby of the United Nations, and bucking your own party.¡±

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Happy holidays and thank you! https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/happy-holidays-and-thank-you/ /1b1/2019/01/happy-holidays-and-thank-you/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:27:37 +0000 /1b1/?p=2436 Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal through our TakeAction emails, monthly news emails, and three webinars. We also released the latest publication in our UN and Canada series, What Canada Could and Should Do at the United Nations 2018: A Question of Leadership (you can also listen to series editor John Trent and some of the contributors talk about their […]

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Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal through our TakeAction emailsmonthly news emails, and three webinars. We also released the latest publication in our UN and Canada series, What Canada Could and Should Do at the United Nations 2018: A Question of Leadership (you can also listen to series editor John Trent and some of the contributors talk about their articles). In August, the latest update of our Canada and UN Peacekeeping fact sheet was released and we published two issues of our newsletter, Mondial.

A number of our projects have their own, dedicated websites: UN2020 Initiativethe United Nations and CanadaCanadians for UN Peacekeeping, and Canada¡¯s Human Rights Commitments.

In addition, we work with civil society coalitions and networks on disarmament, human rights, International Criminal Court and women, peace, and security to ensure that the World Federalist perspective is heard.

Your support and contributions help make all of this possible!  Please consider an end of year contribution to support the World Federalists.

Donations can be made to either

Thank you!

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The next issue of Mondial is coming soon! https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/the-next-issue-of-mondial-is-coming-soon/ /1b1/2019/01/the-next-issue-of-mondial-is-coming-soon/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:26:58 +0000 /1b1/?p=2433 The December 2018 issue of Mondial will be available shortly. This issue’s articles cover a wide range of topics, including the crisis in multilateralism, the use of the UN Security Council veto, and the World Citizen Initiative. There are also updates on the campaigns and programs around the International Criminal Court, COPLA (the campaign to establish a […]

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The December 2018 issue of Mondial will be available shortly. This issue’s articles cover a wide range of topics, including the crisis in multilateralism, the use of the UN Security Council veto, and the World Citizen Initiative. There are also updates on the campaigns and programs around the International Criminal Court, COPLA (the campaign to establish a Latin American and Caribbean criminal court against transnational organized crime), and the UN Parliamentary Assembly.

If you would like to receive Mondial electronically, sign up now.

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Canada’s Human Rights Commitments? https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/canadas-human-rights-commitments%ef%bb%bf/ /1b1/2019/01/canadas-human-rights-commitments%ef%bb%bf/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:23:50 +0000 /1b1/?p=2427 To mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, WFMC talked to Senator Marilou McPhedran about the challenges and opportunities that Canada faces regarding human rights. The recording of the webinar is available on the WFMC website,along with previous webinars on peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court. In addition to the discussion between Senator McPhedran and WFMC […]

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To mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, WFMC talked to Senator Marilou McPhedran about the challenges and opportunities that Canada faces regarding human rights.

The recording of the webinar is available on the WFMC website,along with previous webinars on peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court.

In addition to the discussion between Senator McPhedran and WFMC Membership and Communications Director Monique Cuillerier, there was a demonstration of the website of WFMC’s project on Canada’s Human Rights Commitments.

The Project on Canada¡¯s Human Rights Commitments is a database of Canada¡¯s international commitments regarding the major international human rights and humanitarian law treaties and other instruments. This website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of international human rights and humanitarian instruments, as well as up to date information regarding the extent of Canadian participation respecting these instruments.

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Update on Canada, Mali, and UN Peacekeeping https://www.google.com//1b1/2019/01/update-on-canada-mali-and-un-peacekeeping/ /1b1/2019/01/update-on-canada-mali-and-un-peacekeeping/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:23:17 +0000 /1b1/?p=2425 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 […]

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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 best possible way and helping others gain in those capacities.” There have been reports of UN frustration with Canada’s limited peacekeeping commitments.

Further coverage of Trudeau’s trip can be found at:

Additionally, in an end of year interview with CBC, General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, said that Canada will begin providing weekly air support missions for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, although no specific time frame was given. These missions are intended to eventually become part of a “full-fledged deployment.”

However, a Canadian Press article published in the National Post on December 25th, pointed out that participation of Canadian police officers has dwindled and reached a thirteen year low. The article quotes WFMC President Walter Dorn saying, ¡°We¡¯ve come down to our lowest point this century of police officers in peacekeeping and this is an area where Canada has some really valuable contributions to make. We can provide women and police who are Francophone in countries where they are needed.¡±

Updates on Canada’s current peacekeeping deployments and commitments are tracked by Dorn on his own website, as well as on the WFMC site, Canadians for Peacekeeping, and updated monthly.

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