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    UN Security Council and Troop Contributors Chided by Review Panel

    by  • June 18, 2015 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    A new report reviewing UN peacekeeping operations recommends smarter preventive steps to avoid superficial solutions. The peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, above, mourns Egyptian members killed in the line of duty, February 2015. ABDUL FATAI ADEGBOYE/UN PHOTO

    While restructuring at the top of the United Nations and better strategies and tactics for troops on the ground are issues provoking discussion and controversy after the recent release of a report by a high-level panel on current and future peacekeeping, less attention has been paid to the experts’ admonitions to the Security Council...

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    El Salvador Is Sending Peacekeepers and Helicopters to UN’s Mali Mission

    by  • April 6, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping • 1 Comment
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    El Salvadoran Air Force

    The small Central American nation of El Salvador has been playing an increasingly active role in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. From the UN mission in Haiti to the one in South Sudan, troops from El Salvador are assisting with surveillance and rapid response, including engineering, refueling and aircraft support operations on...

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    A Rape Accusation in Northern Mali and the UN’s Awkward Response

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    A woman in Gao after the French attack in January 2013.

    Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there. These acts are committed in the...

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    Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region visit in Goma

    The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic. Just last fall, systematic rapes, committed by the Congolese Army, occurred in an area around...

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    A New UN Brigade Will Make Combat Moves in Congo

    by  • April 11, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 3 Comments
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    Nyanzale refugee camp children

      For the first time, the United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution allowing UN troops to go on the offensive in a mission against armed rebels. The combat intervention brigade will operate as part of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco)....

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    Mary Robinson, New UN Special Envoy for Central Africa?

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Peace and Security • 4 Comments
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    Mary Robinson of The Elders

    Mary Robinson, a former president of Ireland, United Nations high commissioner for human rights and philanthropist, is said to be the main candidate for the new United Nations special envoy post for the Great Lakes region in central Africa. The area generally covers Burundi, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and some...

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    Illegal Gold Mining Runs Rampant in Eastern Congo

    by  • February 26, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 5 Comments
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    Internally displaced people in Congo

    Gold is now one of the most problematic conflict minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and United Nations Security Council sanctions on the illegal mining of natural resources, including gold, have done little to prevent smugglers from profiting, says a new report from a German foundation. The foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is...

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    Protecting Civilians: How It Works

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Responsibility to Protect, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments
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    A girl in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    CANBERRA, Australia — A steady rise has been occurring in the last two centuries in the proportion of civilians killed in armed conflict, either from direct violence or conflict-related hunger and disease. The international community has responded to the calls to protect innocent victims by developing two parallel principles, the protection of civilians and...

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    Five New Security Council Members, Many New Agendas

    by  • November 3, 2012 • Security Council • 1 Comment
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    UN General Assembly elects nonpermanent Security Council members

    As the five newly elected United Nations Security Council members prep for their seats, what will their work look like when they take office Jan. 1 for two years? It’s impossible to predict how the winners – Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda – will fill their nonpermanent seats among Britain, China, France,...

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