Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9899Brazil real 0.3964China renminbi 0.1891Euro 1.4733Hong Kong dollar 0.158084India rupee 0.01929Indonesia rupiah 0.0000930Japan yen 0.01136Malaysia ringgit 0.2904Mexico peso 0.06927N.Z. dollar 0.8955Norway krone 0.1589Peruvian new sol 0.3822Russia rouble 0.02150Saudi riyal 0.3299Singapore dollar 0.9144South Africa rand 0.09579South Korean won 0.001094Sweden krona 0.1553Switzerland franc 1.2932Taiwanese dollar 0.04115Thailand baht 0.03731Turkey lira 0.3599U.K. pound 1.6094U.S. dollar 1.2371Vietnam dong 0.000054

Security Council calls on UN membership for more engagement in peacekeeping

After its review of UN peacekeeping operations in a meeting presided over by Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, which holds the Council’s rotating monthly Presidency for May, the Council said it understood the challenges the recent surge in demand for new peacekeeping operations meant for the UN system.’The Security Council calls upon Member States to ensure that the United Nations is provided with full political and financial support to meet these challenges effectively, keeping in view the specific requirements of each mission and bearing in mind the human and financial resource implications for the United Nations,” Mr. Akram said in the presidential statement.Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted at the outset of the meeting that an extra $1 billion will be needed by the end of the year to fund the ever-growing number of peacekeeping missions, which currently stand at 14 with operations in Haiti set to begin in June.”The Security Council calls upon Member States to contribute sufficient levels of trained troops, police and civilian personnel, including those with specialized capabilities and skills, bearing in mind the need for an increased percentage of female personnel at all decision-making levels,” he added.The statement suggested that troop-contributing countries and countries donating necessities other than troops help plan the missions and aid the Council in making appropriate, effective and timely decisions about the missions.Recognizing the need to draw on the expertise of experienced troop-contributing countries, the Council called for the establishment of peacekeeping training centres for new and emerging troop contributors.Paying high tribute to the high level of professionalism, dedication and courage of all those who have served with UN peacekeeping operations, the Council “honour(ed) the memory of those who lost their lives in the service of the United Nations and the noble cause of peace.” read more