The Vancouver Principles, New Steps to Help UN Peacekeepers Stop Child-Soldier Use

The one sure announcement to emerge from the annual United Nations peacekeeping defense ministerial conference this week will be the adoption of the Vancouver Principles, a set of rules aimed primarily at preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

The conference, being held Nov. 14-15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, will feature more than 500 delegates from 70 countries and international organizations discussing how to improve peacekeeping operations, which are falling more and more under the global spotlight but not always for good reasons. Last year, the conference took place in London.

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