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Question 3: The 1995 Policy Review and Since

Canada is a member of many international organizations, including the G8, NATO, the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Arctic Council. Should our participation in any of these be strengthened, or adjusted?



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Date: 2003-05-01 20:59:20
I see Canada’s participation in the UN and its agencies as vital, even thought these institutions are somewhat flawed. Much more work needs to be done on the implementation of all the declarations, plans of actions etc. Part of Canada’s work should be on helping to democratize the UN and allow for much fuller citizen participation. I would also like to see more work on implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325- including more women in peacebuilding. And I see the UNESCO Culture of peace project as very important. In addition, Canada should continue its work with the International Criminal Court. I would like to see less emphasis on Canada’s role as purely military, and also looking at where our participation in alliances like NATO contradicts our values and interests e.g. with regard to NATO’s nuclear first use policy which has been criticized by the World Court as a crime against humanity.
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