A Global Call for Action
In a solemn reminder of the grim realities faced by thousands of children embroiled in conflicts worldwide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued a poignant statement on the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, also known as Red Hand Day.
“Children have no place in war,”
Trudeau stated, underlining a universal truth and calling for global action against the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Canada’s Staunch Commitment
Canada has long been at the forefront of the fight to protect children from the atrocities of armed conflict. In 2017, the country established the Vancouver Principles, a set of commitments that have garnered the endorsement of 107 countries. These principles not only aim to stop the recruitment and use of child soldiers but also to ensure their recovery and reintegration into society.
On the Ground: Making a Difference
The Canadian government’s efforts extend beyond declarations, with significant funding allocated to international projects that focus on demobilizing child soldiers and preventing their future recruitment. From Colombia to the heart of Africa, Canada’s initiatives are making tangible differences in the lives of former child soldiers and the communities that welcome them back.
The Role of the Dallaire Centre
At home, the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security works tirelessly to equip the Canadian Armed Forces with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers globally. Moreover, this commitment underscores Canada’s holistic approach to addressing this issue, from policy to practice.
A Unified Front Against Child Soldier Recruitment
As the world marks the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, Canada delivers a clear message: the international community must unite to ensure children are shielded from the horrors of war.
Furthermore, through collaboration with United Nations member states and other partners, Canada dedicates itself to creating a world where every child can grow, learn, and dream in peace.