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Ottawa, May 30 (Canadian-Media): A joint statement was issued May 29 by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; and Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to observe International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (IDUNP), media reports said.
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Deployment of the first Canadian peacekeepers was in the Middle East in 1948.
Canada was the largest voluntary financial contributor to the UN Department of Peace Operations in 2019.
The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which was co-sponsored by Canada recognizing the importance of women in all aspects of peace and security.
Canadians across the world recognize the service of the women and men who put themselves at risk in UN peacekeeping missions around the globe to help the most vulnerable threatened by conflict and violence.
These members of the United Nations Peace Mission have also been working tirelessly with devotion to support the health of people around the world since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have been saving lives and stabilizing complicated situations under very difficult circumstances to maintain peace and security
The statement said that raising the number of women in peacekeeping would imply more communities engage with a more diverse and representative range of peacekeepers.
Canada launched the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations in 2017 in recognition of a unique and much-needed perspective to operations, women bring in increasing the effectiveness of these missions. The statement said that increasing women peacekeepers’ meaningful participation is the right thing to do.