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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges 200 Ground Troop at the 2017 Peacekeeping Conference/Angelina Jolie talks ending sexual violence

The 2017 Peacekeeping conference was held on November 14-15 at the Vancouver Convention Center, British Columbia. Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed over 500 delegates from 70 countries, with representation from the African Union, the European Union, NATO, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Youth Townhall participants at UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial 2017.

A major component of the PeaceKeeping Treaty is the UN Peacekeeping Operations which include:

The Peace Through Adult Literacy programme, run by the Association for Literacy in Songhai and Tamasheq (AALST), has been organizing classes in French, Songhai, and Tamasheq in Gao, Mali. Currently, more than one hundred adult men and women benefit from these courses. The center operates with the support of the academy and its partners, with three classrooms constructed and equipped by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), with the aim to bring about a change in the local population’s perception of the Mission’s mandate. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko-Canada Department of National Defence 

Malaysian women peacekeepers of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at a medal ceremony in Kawkaba, south Lebanon. January 11, 2012. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz-Canada Department of National Defence

Sergeant Dora Doroye, one of the 41 female members serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)’s Ghanaian battalion, leads morning exercises at a Mission base in Buchanan, Liberia. Sergeant Doroye is her battalion’s first female physical instructor. April 17, 2009. UN Photo/Christopher Herwig-Canada Department of National Defence

The Human Rights section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) supports programmes for persons with disabilities run by a local association called “Sigi te Mogo Son”. In an effort to foster self-sufficiency for those who take part in the center’s activities, MINUSMA provides tools and materials for the production of such goods as soap, shoes, and textiles. “Sigi te Mogo Son” is Bambara for “you get nothing by staying still”. Photo was taken in Mopti, Mali. June 3, 2017. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti-Canada Department of National Defence

Prime Minister Trudeau during his address at the Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference on Wednesday pledged 200 Canadian ground troops backed by the Liberal Government of Canada for future UN peacekeeping operations. The 5-year military commitment will include a provision of armed helicopters, cargo planes, military trainers, and transportation. The Liberal government also pledged monetary support which will aide in training and providing protection for the brave women who choose to serve and participate in high-risk UN missions.

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Approximately 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence… But we also know that both women and men are more likely to report physical violence to women officers…We can expect women peacekeepers to be a powerful force for the elimination of sexual exploitation and abuse.-Justin Trudeau (paraphrased)

The Vancouver Principles was signed by 53 countries which will be a commitment to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the context of UN peace operations.

Delegates during Day 2 of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial 2017.

“We are making these pledges today because we believe in the United Nations and we believe in peacekeeping,” he said. “What we will do is step up and make the contributions we are uniquely able to provide.”

CBC news’ Defence and Security contractor Murray Brewster was present at the event. Brewster has had a decade-long career covering Canadian political and military operations in Ottawa including spending 15 months in Afghanistan covering the war for the Canadian Press.

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He reported:

Also on Wednesday, retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire helped roll out a new set of international commitments intended to eliminate the recruiting and use of child soldiers.

The UN released a report last month that found more than 8,000 children were killed or injured in conflicts around the world in 2016 and thousands of children had been recruited or used by warring factions.

Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie delivered the keynote address on preventing and better addressing sexual violence in armed conflict.

She thanked the Canadian government for hosting the event and for its peacekeeping contribution but called on world leaders to recognize sexual violence as a weapon and do more to end it.

“It is cheaper than a bullet, and it has lasting consequences that unfold with sickening predictability that make it so cruelly effective,” Jolie said.

Click here to read the full story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/peacekeeping-plan-trudeau-vancouver-1.4403192

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left, and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie

Canada, the UK and Bangladesh have announced today the Senior Military Chiefs Network, promising to personally work with other senior military officers to increase the numbers of women in their militaries, to change training to include gender and Women, Peace and Security, to deploy more women in operational roles, and to appoint full time gender advisors.-Angelina Jolie

Click Here To Read Her Full Speech: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/11/15/angelina-jolie-full-keynote-address-un_a_23278905/

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