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Kurtis Clark Mrs. Vendrimini May 13th 2015 CHC2D Canada- UN Activities and Canadian Identity In the United Nations (UN), Canada plays a very important role in peacekeeping operations, foreign aid and in international agreements. Canada has been a member of the UN since 1945. Canadian, Lester. B. Pearson invented UN peacekeepers as a response to the 1956 Suez crisis but Canada has been participating in peacekeeping missions early as 1946(Wood1-2). When it comes to international agreements, Canada is an active participant and has signed various treaties over the years. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an example of an environmental treaty Canada has signed. The Mine Ban Treaty is an example of a human rights treaty Canada has endorsed while the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty is a cultural rights treaty that deals with copyright issues. When it comes to foreign aid, Canada has generously donated to UN programs, especially in the last decade (Harris1). While Canada’s contribution to foreign aid and its support for international treaties has remained strong in the past decade, Canada’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations has decreased (Canada as leader1). As a founding member of the UN, Canada plays a crucial role in UN peacekeeping operations, generously contributes to UN foreign aid programs and has signed and enforced several international agreements all of which have tremendously increased positive reputation and the outstanding Canadian identity. Canada has a long history of contributing to the UN. Canada has been member of this organization since its founding in 1945. Canadian, Lester. B. Pearson proposed the idea of a UN peacekeeping force as a solution to the 1956 Suez crisis. At the time Pearson was the secretary of state for external affairs and his solution avoided World War Three (Wood3).

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