• Posts Tagged ‘UN Peacekeeping’

    10 Snapshots of Smarter Peacekeeping

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Africa, Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, General Assembly, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Pakistani peacekeepers arrive in the Central African Republic.

    It may seem that major current triumphs are hard to find when it comes to the work of United Nations Peacekeeping Department and its blue-helmeted military, police and civilian units, which have hit a record high number of 130,000 personnel worldwide. Led by Hervé Ladsous, a Frenchman, the department faces daunting challenges as it...

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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide...

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    Samantha Power Urges US Congress to Approve UN Funding for 2015

    by  • April 4, 2014 • US-UN Relations • 
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    Samantha Power

    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, testified on April 2 before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs — on the financing of the UN. (The US remains the single-largest financial contributor to the UN.) Power, who became ambassador in 2013, spoke...

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    UN Peacekeeping Deaths Reach 102 in 2013

    by  • January 1, 2014 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Bangladesh peacekeeper at UN headquarters in Mali

    The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations tried to maintain calm in many regions in 2013, but none more so than in Africa. In December alone, it lost numerous peacekeepers in three missions on the continent. By year’s end, the department lost 102 peacekeepers, including those who died from accidents and illnesses, and 36...

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    Why UN Peacekeeping Falls Far Short of Female Soldiers

    by  • August 12, 2013 • Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Sudanese police women in North Darfur

    Since Security Council resolutions began demanding more significant attention to roles for women in conflict areas and the peace-building that follows, much of the discussion has justifiably centered on protection of civilians, because women and their children suffer most in war and dislocation. Less attention has been paid to the woeful numbers of women...

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    Malians Produce a Smooth Election, Desperate for Stability

    by  • August 15, 2013 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security • 
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    Bert Koenders of the UN in Kidal, Mali

      Malians elected their first president since an interim president was installed after the 2012 coup and French military action in 2013 against incursions by Islamic jihadists. In a run-off vote on Aug. 11, amid blanket rain and rampant mud in Bamako, the capital, Malians there and beyond put Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, a...

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    The UN Approves a New Peacekeeping Force to Fix Mali

    by  • April 25, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 1 Comment
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    Displaced Malians

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized a new, ambitious stabilization mission to be deployed in Mali, consisting of nearly 13,000 military and police personnel who will begin operating on July 1 with a mandate of one year to provide security to “key population centers.” The mission, called Minusma (for Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission...

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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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    A Rerun of History in Eastern Congo Threatens Kinshasa Again

    by  • November 26, 2012 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC • 3 Comments
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    Monusco, UN peacekeepers in Congo

    Less than two decades ago, this is what happened to a huge African country once known as Zaire: Rebels backed by Rwanda’s recently installed, ethnic Tutsi-led government moved out of their strongholds in the eastern flank of the country and advanced toward the Zairian national capital, Kinshasa, and overthrew the central government. To Rwandan...

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    The Syrian War, Picked Apart by a Diplomat Who Knows

    by  • November 20, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 4 Comments
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    Jean-Marie Gguehenno of Columbia University

    The new creation of a national Syrian coalition to make the opposition groups more coherent could propel a much-needed breakthrough in the country’s 20-month civil war, Jean-Marie Guéhenno a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, told an audience there on Nov. 13. It has been a costly affair humanitarian-wise: close to...

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