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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 09.28.2015 | 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 09.27.2015 | 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.

UN Approves 15-Year Plan To Fight Extreme Poverty, Climate Change

CP | Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Living

With the bang of a gavel, international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan Friday to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating pov...

Powerful University Ad Shows Strength Of Refugee-Turned-Lawyer

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact

He had a horrible childhood, but now he's an accomplished professional.

Why NGOs Are Relieved the UN Called Canada out on the Income Tax Act

Megan Hooft | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

Canada has received a rebuke from a United Nations treaty monitoring body for its lack of respect for human rights. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) released a lengthy list of issues it cited as concerning as part of its concluding observations on the country's review of civil and political rights. Included was an important reference to the federal government's efforts to silence human rights organizations and advocacy through the Income Tax Act -- a welcome expression of support for charities under audit.

UN Report On Canada's Human Rights Record A 'Wake-Up Call'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

“Human rights in Canada are under assault, and the UN human rights committee noted that today.”

Feds, UN Clash Over Potential Rights Violations By Canadian Mining Companies

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

"A country could not just provide corporate identity to a company and then be unperturbed by whatever the company could do around the world."

What Will Be the Role of Country Ownership in the Post-2015 Agenda?

Development Unplugged | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

The need to ensure developing country ownership over development processes has been well-established. Yet, as the world moves towards the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, there has been little conversation on the extent to which the new agenda will indeed support country ownership of sustainable development processes.

Canada Helps Block UN Plan To Rid World Of Nukes

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons.Els...

When It Comes To Foreign Aid, Canada Ranks Near The Bottom

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada ranked in the lower half of the pack in a world survey of foreign aid spending released Wednesday.The annual ranking by the Paris-base...

2015 and the UN: Great Expectations in Times Ahead

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

2015 promises to be a transformative year on the international development front and is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on a noteworthy milestone. The United Nations enters its 70th year -- and like some 70-year-olds, the beleaguered UN has found new vigour and relevance in people's lives, with Canada playing a role in some noteworthy accomplishments.

These 30 Public Figures Are Asking World Leaders, What Side of History Will You Be on?

Save the Children | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Save the Children

Dear World Leaders, There are moments in history that become turning points. In our view, 2015 will be such a moment. We believe it's just possible that we could end 2015 with a new global compact -- an agreed pathway to a better, safer future for people and planet that will inspire all the citizens of the world. We can choose the path of sustainable development. Which side of history will you be on?

Today's Kindergarteners Need Definite Decisions From Lima Climate Change Meeting

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Have you noticed that when politicians in the U.S. and Canada talk about education reform, they say it's what "the economy" needs. They tell us the only way to do that is for schools to produce the kinds of workers that corporations want. Given the fact that there can be no economy without a healthy environment, isn't this focus on what the economy needs a bit short-sighted?

Ban-Ki Moon To Canada: Quit Stalling On Climate Change

CBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Ban Ki-moon told CBC on Thursday that Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary....

The Number Of Women And Girls Affected By Violence Is Appalling

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living

While it's good news that Canada is beginning to engage in a more open dialogue about rape and sexual assault, the conversation has only just begun. ...

Will Canada Focus on Stopping Child Violence?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Although the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child specifies that every child, everywhere, has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence, a new report by UNICEF of 190 countries shows that emotional, physical, and sexual violence is "ever present" in children's lives.

Ebola Is a Controllable Threat

Michael Møller | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Michael Møller

In the 14th century, the Black Death wiped out a third of Europe's population -- at the time nearly 100-million people. And then there is Ebola, which has infected over 2,400 and so far killed 1,229. True, this is the largest, most severe outbreak of the disease we have seen, but that doesn't mean this isn't controllable.

Harper's Megaphone Policy Has Made Canada a Right-Wing Gas Bag

Bob Rae | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Bob Rae

In my recent travels and discussions with seasoned foreign policy experts and politicians in the U.S. and Europe, I haven't met one who took Canada seriously anymore, except as a posturer, a poseur, a political game player. Canada is seen as the international equivalent of a Ted Cruz filibuster in the Senate. Is this really the best we can do?

Canada Decries War Rape, Mum On Abortion

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government backed a British-led declaration at the United Nations this week condemning war rape, but whether that extends to...

A Waste Of Time

CBC | Chris Hall | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

You could see just that hint of the smile Stephen Harper reserves for questions he doesn't agree with, as he waited out one such query during a m...

Canada Pressured To Sign Arms Treaty

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is facing renewed pressure to join a landmark United Nations treaty that regulates the lucrative arms trade after reports that the Uni...

Canada To UN: No

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a United Nations body Thursday to criticize Canada's human-rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected ...