“The UN wasn’t created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.”
FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
According to United Nations Statistics…
Over 124 countries contribute to peacekeeping worldwide!
What is peacekeeping?
Peacekeeping. An instrument created to solve the world’s leading conflict’s and to create new sustainable solutions for lasting tranquillity. Reading this, it should be obvious that one of the biggest driving forces for maintaining peacekeeping is the United Nations, in specific, their Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The humanitarian’s working in that division were the ones that coordinated and executed one of the biggest peacekeeping operations ever in Sierra Leone.
Throughout the years 1999 to 2006, the UN did multiple advancements to help stop the major civil war happening the country, including helping implement the Lomé Peace Accord and providing soldiers to keep the area safe. Aside from the United Nations, there are also other organizations like Multinational Force and Observers or the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) that follow similar goals like peacekeeping maintenance but focusing on one certain region or country.
“Where you are born should not dictate your potential as a human being.”
-Lieutenant-General The Honourable, Roméo Dallaire
Establishing a force.
CANADA’S VITAL ROLE
Canada takes peacekeeping seriously, even mentioning it as a part of their identity at times. Canada has been really involved in peacekeeping missions throughout the late 90s but has recently decided to not focus as much due to the failure of some overseas missions.
Though, in the 50s, Canada made a great impact by supervising and controlling areas of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia by relocating lost families and monitoring the new boundaries. More than 133 Canadians were involved in this mission which was considered a relatively heavy manpower at the time. Canada was also involved in the Suez Crisis and the violence in the Republic of the Congo which resulted in again a very positive outcome.
“I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil.”
-LIEUTENANT-GENERAL THE HONOURABLE, ROMÉO DALLAIRE
Roméo Dallaire led the Canadian peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the infamous genocide.
CONTROVERSIES OF PEACEKEEPING
There isn’t one organization in the world that is perfect, peacekeeping groups have their own set of flaws they regret having. For most organizations, mistakes include losing money, resources or employees, but the problem for peacekeeping organizations is that their mistakes take lives.
In fact, to multiple sources, before the Rwanda genocide, the United Nations disregarded the multiple notices and clues of it starting and refused to take action once it started. This resulted in more than one million deaths which could’ve been widely reduced with more implications and attention.
Among Canadians, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire was an outspoken critic about the UN peacekeeping force during this time as he led the Canadian delegation in Rwanda during their genocide. This sparked debate among bureaucrats and politicians alike, begging for more power & oversight for the peacekeeping corps.
today’s modern united nations force
Peacekeeping has gone a long way since it’s Canadian formation, from learning from our costly mistakes to completely changing a countries views, hundreds of missions have been carried out in the last century. As of right now, there are 14 ongoing peacekeeping operations happening in different continents to solve different issues. Furthermore, 111,000 peacekeepers are working hard to end world issues to improve families around the world.
The stunning blue helmets & berets are now worn with pride and honour by forces from a variety of different countries to represent all the accomplishments and goals the UN has achieved and will attain. Some goals were doubling the number of women serving in the peacekeeping force by 2020.
Citizens of the world should feel protected and safe while the blue helmets & berets are in their city, risking their lives, to improve yours.
Secretary-General of the United Nations
“Humanitarian response, sustainable development, and sustaining peace are three sides of the same triangle.”
It’s a proven fact that throughout history, Canadian peacekeepers have played a major role in international peace & the development of the UN peacekeeping force. As youth, we must continue on their work and help those who sacrificed their lives to help defend global peace & stability.
This year, the Young Humanitarians will be raising money in order to help local groups as well as our communities through different workshops, activities and events to help further public awareness.
Today, the Young Humanitarians is working towards an awareness campaign, with workshops for our communities as well as fundraisers. These events help raise not only funds but also awareness about the sacrifices Canadian & international peacekeepers made in order to protect global security.
Canadian peacekeepers have played a major role with the establishment of the peacekeeping force as we know it today, and it’s important to continue on their fight for peace, freedom and justice both today & tomorrow.
We will be hosting a special event in May 2019 to young adults in our community.
$1000 RASIED FOR THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION.
The Globe & Mail
United Nations Peacekeeping
The Canadian Encyclopedia
United Nations Multimedia @ Flickr