Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:
“Today, we join the international community in paying tribute to all United Nations (UN) peacekeepers who have served – and continue to serve – with courage and dedication in peacekeeping missions in worldwide. We also remember those who lost their lives, including more than 100 Canadians, or who were injured while deployed.
“The Government of Canada has a long and proud tradition of supporting UN peacekeeping. For nearly 70 years, more than 125,000 Canadians have served in United Nations peacekeeping operations, protecting those affected by conflict by monitoring ceasefires and providing humanitarian assistance, empowering women and girls and promoting human rights around the world. They represented the values dear to our country: peace, freedom and compassion.
“Canada continues to be a leader and strong supporter of peacekeeping initiatives. Through the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, we work alongside partners to increase the number of uniformed women in peace operations, to help achieve transformational change for peace operations. We also help ensure that children remain children at all stages of conflict through the Vancouver Principles, which help prevent children from becoming child soldiers.
“By continuing to support peacekeeping, Canada is helping to build a safer and more peaceful future for all. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank UN peacekeepers for their bravery, sacrifice and dedication, and for helping to make the world a safer place.