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Vancouver Principles

Vancouver Principles

At the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, in November, 2017 in Vancouver, the Prime Minister announced the launch of the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers — created in partnership with retired General Romeo Dallaire. The Prime Minister also announced the Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations and a suite of smart pledges to United Nations peace support operations.

  • Canada has traditionally played an important role in support of UN peacekeeping and we will continue to do so. But the context for modern peace operations has changed — We need to do peacekeeping differently: to rethink how we engage, not just where we engage.

  • Canada is advancing innovative approaches to enhancing the protection of children, increasing the participation of women in peace operations, and providing the specialized capacities that the UN needs to deliver on their mandates.

  • Central to this approach is the Vancouver Principles, an initiative launched and created in partnership with retired General Romeo Dallaire. This initiative will identify early warning signs of the use of child soldiers, take action to end recruitment, and promote the reporting of abuses and grave violations against children.

  • We are contributing to peace operations in a way that will help improve and re-shape how they are done.

  • Peacekeeping is no longer about a single mission in a single country; it’s about working with the UN and partners to improve our overall approach