Vancouver Principles Endorsers

Currently, the Vancouver Principles is endorsed by close to 100 UN member states, 55 of whom are founding members.

Countries that endorse the Vancouver Principles commit to providing the military and police personnel who deploy on peacekeeping operations with training focused on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and how to act and react appropriately when child soldiers are encountered.  Whereas other documents are internal to the UN, the Vancouver Principles affirms commitments by member states to the training, planning, and conduct of their own forces.

Current Endorsing Countries

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • * Argentina
  • * Armenia
  • * Australia
  • * Austria
  • * Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • * Belgium
  • Benin
  • * Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • * Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • * Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • * Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • * Chile
  • * Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • * Croatia
  • * Czech Republic
  • * Denmark
  • * Dominican Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • * Estonia
  • * Fiji
  • * Finland
  • * France
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • * Germany
  • * Greece
  • * Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • * Hungary
  • Iceland
  • * Ireland
  • * Israel
  • * Italy
  • Japan
  • * Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • * Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • * Lithuania
  • * Luxembourg
  • * Malaysia
  • Malta
  • * Mexico
  • Monaco
  • * Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • * Nauru
  • * Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • * Norway
  • Palau
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • * Poland
  • * Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of South Korea
  • Republic of Moldova
  • * Romania
  • * Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • * Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • * Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • * Slovakia
  • * Slovenia
  • * Spain
  • * Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • * Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • * Uganda
  • * Ukraine
  • * United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland1
  • * United Republic of Tanzania
  • * Uruguay
  • Viet Nam
  • Zambia

1The United Kingdom reaffirms the Paris Commitments to Protect Children Unlawfully Recruited or Used by Armed Forces or Armed Groups on their 10th anniversary. The United Kingdom draws particular attention to Paris Commitment 3, to ensure that conscription and enlistment procedures comply with applicable international law, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and Paris Commitment 5, to seek the release of all children unlawfully recruited or used by armed forces or armed groups unconditionally and at all times including during armed conflict. Having regard to the legal framework concerning the recruitment and use of children and the Paris Commitments the United Kingdom endorses the guidance set out in both the Paris Principles and the Vancouver Principles, which seek to prioritize and further operationalize child protection within UN peacekeeping missions, in advance of the launch of the Vancouver Principles on 15 November 2017.

* Founding Member