Financial

77Canada has for decades paid its UN dues “on time, in full, and without conditions,” unlike countries such as the US, which regularly defaults in all three aspects (see Williams, 2018). Canada very seldom misses the January deadlines for payment of its mandatory UN dues, including the peacekeeping contributions (2.9% of the UN peacekeeping budget, making Canada the 9th largest contributor on the assessment scale). So Canada, under both Liberal and Conservative governments, is to be praised for this financial consistency in UN support over many decades. In addition, Canada is contributing advanced helicopters to the UN mission in Mali at a discounted rate, while also providing personnel (over 100) at no cost to the United Nations.  In this one mission (MINUSMA in Mali), Canada is currently quite generous, though it is not filling the gap until the arrival of the next contingent.

In giving extra-budgetary, voluntary funds (roughly $2 million per year) to the UN, Canada is supporting some worthwhile projects, including the establishment of a training Joint Operations Centre (“mock JOC”, $0.5 million) in Entebbe, Uganda, to allow individuals to train on the UN’s procedures, including the new situational awareness programme (“UniteAware”).

Conclusion: Canada is continuing its positive record of financial contributions, though the vast majority of these are mandatory.

 

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