Canada announces funding for peacekeeping training

News release

May 29, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new funding to help train UN peacekeepers.

As Canada marks 70 years of UN peacekeeping, the country is supporting its commitment to UN peacekeepers around the world by allocating $2 million to strengthen training.

This new funding will help prepare peacekeepers for the complex environments of today’s peace operations through training in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and crisis management, as well as human rights and the protection of civilians.


“Through our ‘smart pledges’ of military contributions to UN peace operations, and through the Vancouver Principles on child soldiers and the Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations, Canada is working closely with partners worldwide to ensure peacekeeping meets the needs of the 21st century. The funding announced today will help offer peacekeeping personnel the training they need to function most effectively in peace operations.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada launched the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) in August 2016 with a budget of $450 million over three years.

  • Through PSOPs, Canada works with allies and partners to help stop violence, provide security and create space for dialogue and conflict resolution

  • PSOPs supports the work of the United Nations and international, national and local organizations to prevent conflict, stabilize and build peace in fragile and conflict-affected states.

  • “Smart pledges” are commitments made by two or more UN member states who partner to respond to a UN peacekeeping capability gap. Canada is promoting this approach to provide the UN with the predictability it needs to more effectively plan its operations and training.

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