Canada-2015 Commitments


Supports projects to address the specific needs of women and girls in conflicts and emergencies.

Will plan a strong response to sexual violence in conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq and Syria. Its programming includes providing access to justice for survivors and holding perpetrators to account, including through the deployment of Justice Rapid Response experts.

Financial commitments

$3 million in support of SRSG in SViC over the next three years, recognizing that financing is key to the implementation of the women and peace and security agenda

2016 Update:

Canada did not address the 2015 commitment to address SGBV through the JRR program or “plan a strong response to sexual violence in conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq and Syria.”

2017 Update:

In 2016, Canada provided $1.5 million to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, which supports women’s organizations working on the front lines of conflict prevention and resolution. Under its first National Action Plan, Canada submitted five annual progress reports on the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in Parliament, which helped to take stock of the progress achieved and record lessons learned.

Canada is working to increase the proportion of Canadian women peacekeepers, including police officers deployed to peace operations, and have been at the forefront of a United Nations training initiative aimed at increasing the number of women police officers deployed.

The Canadian Prime Minister recently joined the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership and signed the voluntary compact on eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse. Canada is providing funding to the Office of the Special Coordinator on Improving the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


Canada is committed to finding opportunities to create and support transformative solutions for gender equality in conflict situations. Canada will defend women’s voices and human rights. Canada will challenge narratives that undermine women’s ability to contribute, lead and shape solutions. Canada will collaborate with civil society, Member States and the United Nations to reinvigorate the implementation of this important agenda. Canada will continue to demonstrate its commitment to transparent and regular reporting on the progress made in the implementation of its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which is currently being finalized, to ensure that Canada are making progress.

Canada will dedicate $150 million over five years to support local organizations that advance women’s rights in developing and fragile States.

2018 Update:

In partnership with Côte d’Ivoire, Canada launched the G-7 Women, Peace and Security Partnerships Initiative, which aims to increase Women, Peace and Security Agenda implementation in partnership countries. Canada doubled its support to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.

Canada launched the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations to increase the meaningful participation of uniformed women in United Nations peace operations. In September, Canada, together with the European Union, hosted a meeting of women Foreign Ministers in Montreal for a discussion on current challenges to global peace and security. At that meeting, Canada’s Foreign Minister announced that the Canadian Government will be appointing a Women, Peace and Security Agenda ambassador to strengthen the implementation of the action plan. The Minister also announced that Canada will be co-hosting the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network with Uruguay in 2020 — the twentieth anniversary of resolution 1325 (2000).


If elected to the Security Council for the period 2021-2022, Canada will continue to champion the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.


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