2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference
Why this conference?
There are currently more peacekeepers on the ground than ever before. When properly mandated, resourced and supported, UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools available to respond to crises around the world. However, a recent series of reports have highlighted that UN peacekeeping must address a range of challenges to remain fit for purpose in responding to 21st century conflicts.
Annual high-level discussions have become an important part of the international community’s effort to support UN peacekeeping operations. Building on these efforts, Canada brought the UN and Member States together to engage in a wide-ranging discussion on UN peacekeeping.
Recognizing that integrating gender perspectives and empowering women are integral to improving the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping, these cross-cutting issues were integrated into all aspects of the event, including in discussions on the planning and performance of peacekeeping missions. Two other important issues were integrated throughout the conference: policing and operating in francophone environments.
Decisive discussions took place during the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference. While ensuring that the integration of gender perspectives remains at the heart of the talks, discussions revolved around four themes:
Focus on peacekeeping
Canada hosted a focus event called Focus on Peacekeeping on November 14, 2017, in the Vancouver Convention Centre. Two discussions were featured:
- Youth as Peacebuilders
- Canadian and international youth discussed the positive role young people can play in mitigating the effects of conflict in their societies.
- The role of the private sector in conflict prevention
- This discussion explored the importance of economic development in preventing conflict in fragile states and in sustainably rebuilding post-conflict states.
Imagery from the conference
Additional pictures are available on our Trello webpage.
Keynote Address at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial
Speaking Notes for The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence – United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial - Official Closing
The 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial concludes in Vancouver with 46 new pledges for UN peacekeeping operations
National Film Board: The Peacekeepers
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