START is responsible for developing and coordinating whole-of-government policy on fragile states, conflict management, and integrated international peace operations initiatives where Canadian interests are engaged. START manages and directs these processes by working in close cooperation with other START units, government departments and agencies, and Canadian and international partners to offer leading-edge policy and best practices on comprehensive approaches to engagement in fragile states and conflict-affected situations.
Develop policy on Canadian engagement in fragile states, such as policies on crises warning and response; peacebuilding and crisis governance; mediation and conflict prevention; security system reform; transition and exit strategies; whole-of-government engagements; and early recovery and post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization.
Provide peace operations policy advice on matters associated with United Nations and multinational peace operations, including the civilian, military and police dimensions of peacekeeping doctrine and policy; women, peace and security; and the relationship between DFAIT and organizations involved in research, policy and training related to peace operations.
Collaborate regularly with international organizations such as the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Commission and the wider UN system, the European Union (EU), and the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), as well as various national governments to develop and implement conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacekeeping initiatives.