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Billionaire To Help Take Canada's Refugee Sponsor Program Global

The Huffington Post Canada/CP | Althia Raj and The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"... this is a good model which is exportable to other countries."

Ambrose Suggests Trudeau Using UN Mission To Win Security Council Seat

CP | Joanna Smith | Posted 09.18.2016 | Canada Politics

"Do we have to send our men and women into harm's way to reach Mr. Trudeau's goal?"

Committing Canadian Troops To UN Mission Deserves Real Debate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

Yesterday, Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada will commit to a yet undefined peacekeeping mission, probably in central Africa, and in doing so Canada will be a "responsible partner in the world." It will probably not be until the end of the year that we know the details -- why, where, the mission's duration, what will they do, what victory looks like and the terms of engagement. What we know for sure from minister Sajjan's announcement and follow-up questions is that this matter will not be brought before Parliament for a vote before the commitment to the UN is finally agreed upon and put into operation.

Althia Raj

Canada Preparing To Join New UN Peacekeeping Missions: Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals are hoping Canada will win a Security Council seat in 2021.

India Reclaims Its Creation With International Yoga Day

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Whether faced with the level of cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation that yoga has seen, a bit of re-appropriation -- done in an inclusive manner -- never hurts. At the request of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing International Yoga Day. The first celebration in 2015 saw yoga sessions happening all over the world.

3 Takeaways From The World Humanitarian Summit

Development Unplugged | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

If there was one area of near total consensus, it was that the present 'humanitarian system' is unable to cope with the global crises and scale of suffering around the world. Established long-ago and now pressed with unprecedented levels of needs, the system simply isn't fit for purpose anymore. And so aspirations for the WHS were high.

Canada Must Finally Take A Stand Against Torture

Monia Mazigh | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Stéphane Dion, recently declared that Canada "should join this important protocol" -- the United Nations' Protocol against Torture. More than a decade after it was initially passed, Canada is still sitting on the bench and watching cases after cases of torture happening.

Canada To Sign UN's Anti-Torture Protocol After Years Of Delay

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics

The Harper government twice promised to sign the agreement, but never did.

Canada May Be Bit Player On UN Security Council: Experts

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau Liberals hear some sobering messages.

Aid Spending Would Help Canada Win Security Council Seat: Bibeau

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Politics

"Of course we want to do more, we want to do better."

Trudeau Announces Bid For UN Security Council Seat... In 2021

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Advisers told Trudeau that it was unlikely Canada could run any time before 2020.

Trudeau To Announce When Canada Will Seek UN Security Council Bid

CBC | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau's visit to the UN comes after his official visit and state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House last week.

Trudeau Can Make Canada A Global Champion Of Gender Equality

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Sandeep Prasad

If prime minister Trudeau is serious about engaging with the United Nations and promoting gender equality, increasing funding for multilateral organizations that are working to advance women's rights -- which include sexual and reproductive rights -- should be top priority.

Truth vs. Myth In The BDS Movement

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

In a disingenuous ploy to gain acceptance and support in the West, many proponents of BDS typically claim that their movement is simply about promoting the "fundamental rights" of Palestinians in accordance with "international law." This means, foremost, pressuring Israel to end "its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands" and allowing "the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties [in Israel] as stipulated in UN resolution 194."

Activists Using UN To Pressure Trudeau On Housing, Social Justice

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — Activists from across the country are planning to use a United Nations review in Geneva next week to highlight what they see as Canada's ...

Canada Won't Meet UN Aid Goal, Despite Ban Ki-Moon's Urging

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics

“I believe that Canada has capacity and resources," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Canada Urged To Lead Fight Against UN Peacekeeper Sex Abuse

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Stephen Lewis, a former Canadian ambassador to the UN, is one of the leaders of the international coalition.

We Must Protect The Interests Of Medical Cannabis After Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

My only hope is that the eventual regulating bodies take a broader look at public health outcomes, and we fight against a purely commercial cannabis market. We should acknowledge Canada's distinct history when it comes to reform, cannabis policy and medical cannabis.

Women's Participation Makes For Peaceful And Inclusive Societies

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Women's organizations, governments and United Nations entities celebrated the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This landmark resolution stated that women's participation, security and protection were essential in the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. This resolution was much heralded at the time and was followed by seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security. However, civil society organizations have observed again and again that these strong words have not been translated into action.

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

World's Displaced Population Doubled In Last Decade

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada

The "interlinked mega-crises" in Iraq and Syria have uprooted 15 million people.

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.

Harper's UN Peacekeepers Claim Contains 'Some Baloney'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics

"Canada is still involved in peacekeeping in areas like the Sinai. We still contribute peacekeepers around the world."

Canada Can Reprise its Role as a World Leader in Peacekeeping

Paul Dewar | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

In 1992, Canada was the world's leading contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations. Canada now ranks a dismal 68th in personnel contributions to UN peacekeeping. This dramatic decline began under the Liberals. Our international engagement programs took us from #1 to #32 by the time the Conservatives took office in 2006 -- they continued the Liberal abandonment of UN peacekeeping as a key role for Canada.

The World Needs Canada to Be a Meaningful Member of the UN

Justin Trudeau | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau

Demand for peace operations has never been greater, and the UN has never been busier, with more than 128,000 civilian and uniformed personnel serving in 39 missions across four continents. Canada has been absent from peace operations for many years. We currently have a risible total of 28 military personnel and 88 police officers on UN missions. Once we were number one in this field; now we are number 68 -- right behind Paraguay. Canada, and all our international partners, must provide the UN with the expertise and capabilities it needs to respond to this unprecedented challenge.