Tracking the Promises: Canada’s Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

Dr. Walter Dorn, 8 October 2020
Using the monthly UN data for end of September 2020

Canada has pledged to the United Nations and the world community to provide substantial contributions to UN peacekeeping. Specifically, major pledges were made at the Peacekeeping Ministerial in London, UK, on 8 September 2016 (pdf) and at the Peacekeeping Ministerial in Vancouver on 15 November 2017 (pledges). In the 2019 election campaign, the Trudeau government promised again to “re-engage” in UN peacekeeping, similar to the promise made in its first term. After the election, the Defence and Foreign Ministers were tasked to “expand Canada’s support for United Nations peace operations” (Defence Minister Mandate letter, 2019). 

This webpage tracks the status of implementation of these government promises on UN peacekeeping using easily measurable statistics, the latest figures, historical commentary, and benchmark data for key commitments and past contributions. It draws conclusions for each promise and conclusions overall.

Contents

Latest stats
Uniformed Personnel
Women in Peacekeeping
Uniformed Personnel at UN Headquarters
Leadership
Services 
Financial
Training for UN Operations
Intellectual/Political/Policy Contributions
Government’s Self-Evaluation
Conclusion (Overall)
References
Annex

This material is updated on a monthly basis (around mid-month, after UN statistics for the previous month-end are released). Also available on Dr Dorn’s website.

An op-ed on this subject, summarizing this content, was published in the Toronto Star on 22 August 2019.