Backgrounder - How Canada is supporting peace


Canada continues to lead and invest in peace, stability and conflict-prevention efforts because local peace is fundamental to global peace.

For example, because of Canada’s support, in 2018 to 2019:

  • White Helmet volunteers provided emergency rescue and medical assistance to civilians in Syria
  • demining teams in Iraq removed explosives from an area the size of 200 football fields
  • 168 organizations increased the participation of women in peace negotiations and conflict prevention

This year, investments through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program include:

  • $9.87 million to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue to support the prevention, mitigation and resolution of armed conflict through dialogue
  • $4.7 million to the International Crisis Group to accelerate conflict prevention through early warning
  • $2.77 million to Interpeace to support a more inclusive peace process in Mali
  • $2 million to the United Nations Development Programme to provide essential services to conflict-affected populations and to increase support for negotiated agreements
  • $2 million to the United Nations Development Programme to support the joint program for peace in Sri Lanka

Canada is also a leader in the implementation of the global Women, Peace and Security agenda. Canada’s interventions promote gender equality to ensure inclusive access to justice, social services, economic opportunity, political power and good governance—a key step in delivering opportunities for women so they can achieve their full potential for a better world.

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