May 29, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:
“Today, Canada salutes the women and men of United Nations peacekeeping operations, past and present, who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of peace and security around the globe over the past 70 years.
“Canada has a long and proud tradition of international collaboration and leadership, including through its involvement in the UN. Peacekeeping has helped provide protection to millions of vulnerable people affected by conflict.
“As a long-standing partner for promoting peace, security and sustainable development in the world, Canada is proud of its announced smart pledges in support of UN peace operations, its commitment to ending the use of child soldiers, as evidenced by the Vancouver Principles, and the new Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations.
“Canada has always supported the UN and continues to firmly believe that UN peacekeeping missions are an important tool for maintaining international peace and security.”