#WPSAdvice: How Canada can advance peace on the Korean peninsula

By Liz Bernstein

Liz Bernstein is Co-Executive Director, Nobel Women’s Initiative and Co-Coordinator of Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War, a global campaign to educate, organize and advocate for a Korea peace agreement by 2020. Women Cross DMZ, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace officially launched the campaign in March 2019.

Almost 19 years ago, Canada first established formal diplomatic relations with North Korea. Canada chose to do so in support of South Korea’s then-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung’s policy of engagement with North Korea around issues of food security, human rights, denuclearization and regional stability.

It was the right thing to do.  Canada participated in the Korean War, and many Canadians have family ties to both North and South Korea.  Equally important, Canada’s strength on the global stage is the ability to foster respectful dialogue.

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