Last November at the Vancouver summit Canada pledged to re-engage in global peace operations, and has been conducting a series of initiatives to live up to that pledge.
Today, it was announced that Canada will deploy an aviation task force to the UN mission in Mali for 12 months. The Task Force will include several helicopters to provide transport and logistics, as well as protection purposes. The deployment will also include troops from the Canadian Armed Forces who will provide medical and logistical support for the mission.
Other commitments from the Vancouver summit include:
- Committing to the Vancouver principles which seek to end the use of child soldiers around the world
- The Elsie initiative, which promotes of women in UN peacekeeping operations
To learn more about this Aviation Task Force to Mali, please see here.