Peace Operations

Canada has been a leader in peace operations since the development of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping. Today, Canada consistently contributes highly trained and experienced civilian, military, and police personnel to UN-led and UN-mandated operations. We also support increasing the capacity of the UN and relevant regional organizations to conduct peace operations that effectively meet the needs of the host country and its population.

Canada continues to support and participate in UN-led and UN-mandated peace operations. As well as deploying personnel, Canada works to improve the effectiveness of peace operations at UN Headquarters and in the field.

Canada advances peacekeeping policy through our longstanding role as Chair of the working group of the General Assembly’s Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations, which was created by the General Assembly in 1965. The Special Committee is mandated to conduct comprehensive reviews of peace operations. Together with the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), it works to shape and improve the doctrines that guide peace operations.

Among Canada's priorities for UN-led peacekeeping operations are the promotion of clear and achievable operational guidance and training materials for the protection of civilians, including preventing sexual violence against women.  Canada also promotes dialogue on peacekeeping in fora such as the G8.

Peacekeeping operations are increasingly multidimensional, requiring integrated contributions from military and civilian experts. Canada’s responsiveness to multi-dimensional peacekeeping is evident in our participation in UN operations, as we have military, police and civilian personnel deployed to 8 of 15 active UN-led missions. Canada's largest deployments of personnel to UN missions are currently in Haiti, Africa (South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire) and the Middle-East

More information on Canada's current contribution of military and police personnel to peace operations can be found on the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police International Peace Operations websites.

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