Allan Rock, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN, calls attention to the UN’s slipping image since its 1950s heyday. In current times, the UN fails to hold itself accountable when confronted by such issues as Peacekeepers’ sexual exploitation of vulnerable populations and the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
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Rock: We Must Fix the UN’s Culture of Coverups Around Peacekeeping
Allan Rock, Ottawa Citizen
June 13, 2016
Last weekend we marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Canada has always been closely associated with UN peacekeeping, and with good reason: It was invented by our former prime minister, Lester Pearson, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. And Canadian forces have made important contributions to many UN peacekeeping missions over the years, including Cyprus, where we served with distinction for decades.
This subject has special significance for me.
My father spent his working life in the Canadian Army. He joined in 1939. He served overseas during the Second World War. He remained in the army on his return. He retired as a staff sergeant after 26 years in uniform.
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