The Global Peace Operations Program
The Global Peace Operations Program, part of the Global Peace and Security Fund, supports projects that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of peace operations and those that build peace operations capacity in developing nations, particularly in Africa. In response to the increasing need for effective peacekeeping operations in complex contexts, the Global Peace Operations Program was established as Canada's contribution to commitments made at the 2004 G-8 Sea Island Summit. In Muskoka in 2010 and Deauville in 2011, the Prime Minister and his G-8 colleagues further committed to strengthening peacekeeping capacity, including civilian security systems and police involvement in peace operations.
The Global Peace Operations Program also supports projects that work specifically to increase the capacity of francophone countries to participate in peace operations and improve their access to information and training. At the Francophonie Summit in Quebec City in 2008, the Prime Minister and his colleagues committed to building the capacities of francophone states for peacekeeping and to encouraging francophone states to further contribute, within their means, to peace operations.
Through the Global Peace Operations Program, the Stabilization and Reconstruction Taskforce (START) supports the development of global capacity for effective peace operations by:
- Building institutional capacity in the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and other international and regional organizations to plan, manage and conduct peace operations in compliance with best practices and international standards.
- Building national capacities of selected African and Latin American countries to contribute to peace operations, and encouraging them to engage internationally with the UN, the AU, and other international and regional organizations on peace and security matters.
- Supporting policy development for peace operations within the international community in areas of Canadian priority, to make peace operations more effective and efficient, including through the meaningful participation by women.
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