• Women, peace and security
    Women and girls are disproportionately affected by violent conflict. At the hands of armed groups and terrorists, women and girls are often subjected to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other forms of sexual violence. Survivors are left to deal with a lifetime of severe stigmatization, may be shunned by family and community members, and may face reprisals.
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    Vancouver, British Columbia - November 15, 2017
  • Canadian police support for international peace operations and missions
    Police have played a significant role in United Nations (UN) and international peace support operations since the early 1960s. Over time, the number of police has substantially increased and mandates have evolved from simple monitoring activities to direct support for implementation of the rule of law assistance in post-conflict stabilization, peacebuilding, and security sector reform. Since 1989, over 4,000 Canadian police officers have participated in over 66 operations. Police have become a prominent aspect of Canada’s support for UN peace operations throughout the last 10 years.
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    Vancouver, British Columbia - November 15, 2017
  • The Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations
    Through our feminist foreign policy, Canada is demonstrating its deep commitment to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2242, which noted the substantial link between women’s meaningful involvement in peace operations and the achievement of long-term, sustainable peace. The resolution set targets to double the current rate of women’s participation of 3.7 percent of military peacekeepers and 9.5 percent of police peacekeepers by 2020.
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    Vancouver, British Columbia - November 15, 2017
  • Canadian contributions to United Nations peace support operations
    Canada is a strong supporter of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and will continue to play an important role by contributing high-end capabilities and specialized training.Today’s peacekeeping environment is more complex than ever before, and Canada firmly believes we need to do peacekeeping differently. That’s why we are focused on improving the effectiveness of UN missions, increasing the proportion of women deployed overseas, and empowering women in all aspects of peace and security.
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    Vancouver, British Columbia - November 15, 2017
  • David Morrison
    EducationBachelor of Arts, History, Yale UniversityMaster of Philosophy (International Relations), University of OxfordProfessional ExperienceSince November 2013Assistant Deputy Minister (Americas) and Chief Development Officer, Global Affairs Canada2012 - 2013Senior Vice-President, Canadian International Development Agency2008 - 2012Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund2004 - 2008Spokesperson and Director of Communications, United Nations Development Programme
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 27, 2017
  • Michael Vandergrift
    EducationBachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of AlbertaMaster of Science, Social Policy and Planning, London School of EconomicsProfessional ExperienceSince August 2015Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat2014 - 2015Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Affairs, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat2010 - 2014Director of Operations, Priorities and Planning Secretariat, Privy Council Office
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 27, 2017
  • Paul Thompson
    EducationBachelor of Arts (Political Science and Economics), University of TorontoMaster of Arts (Economics), Queen’s UniversityProfessional ExperienceSince May 2014Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada2010 - 2014Assistant Deputy Minister, Processing and Payment Services Branch, Service Canada2007 - 2010Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 27, 2017
  • The Honourable Tracey L. Clements
    The Honourable Tracey L. Clements was born and raised in the small community of High Bank, Prince Edward Island. She chose to remain in the Maritimes for her education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick. Following her studies, she joined the firm of Stewart McKelvey, where she developed a general litigation practice, including labour and employment, and human rights law. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island on March 8, 2017.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 27, 2017
  • Biographical notes – Bob Rae
    The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., C.C., O.Ont., Q.C., former Premier of Ontario, and former interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, was born in 1948, in Ottawa. A Rhodes Scholar, he completed his studies at Oxford University in 1973 and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1977.Mr. Rae’s passion for social justice dates back to his early days in student politics and community service. Between 1978 and 2013, he was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 23, 2017
  • Biographical Notes – The Honourable Mary T. Moreau
    Since her appointment to the bench in November 1994, the Honourable Mary T. Moreau has contributed her energy and wisdom to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench for over 20 years. She is the first woman appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - October 17, 2017