"New set of tools" needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire

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Canadian Lt. General Roméo Dallaire at the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Matt Wells/UN News

A "new set of tools" is needed to make UN peacekeeping fit for today’s more dangerous and complex world.

That's according to perhaps the most renowned of all former UN Force Commanders, Canadian Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the blue helmets serving in Rwanda in 1994, during the infamous genocide there.

He is the driving force behind the so-called Vancouver Principles, unveiled this week at the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada, which aims to prevent recruitment of child soldiers.

The Principles have been adopted by 55 countries already, as part of the pledges made in Vancouver to better equip peacekeepers, and the 15 dangerous UN missions they serve.

Matt Wells spoke to General Dallaire at the conference, and asked him how UN peacekeeping had changed since his time in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Duration: 3’00″

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