Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conducted today an urgent video conference with the heads of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Force Commanders, and Police Commissioners following a series of revelations alleging abuse by UN ‘blue helmets’ in the field, Including, most recently in the Central African Republic. Continue reading
Focus on political solutions, responsive and flexible operations, stronger partnerships and field-focused and people-centered mandates; these are the essential shifts the United Nations must urgently address as it faces challenging new landscapes in peacekeeping and conflict prevention, the chair of a high-level expert panel said, introducing a long-awaited report at Continue reading
More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace. Continue reading
A series of events in Australia have marked the International Day of UN Peacekeepers and the 50th anniversary of Australian Police participation in United Nations Peacekeeping.
Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council has approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access in the war-torn country.
The Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Public Affairs Section has launched its latest digital campaign on ‘A global contribution for global peace,’ to acknowledge over 110 countries that contribute more than 95,000 UN military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. They come from nations large and small Continue reading
A new United Nations peacekeeping mission for insurgent-beset Mali was launched today as forces from a previous, African-led international force officially donned the blue berets that identify the operations of the world organization. The transfer of authority from the forces of the African-led International Support Continue reading
Military leaders from three United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa told the Security Council what they need to support the “blue helmets” under their command and help them better assist local authorities and protect the people of the countries in which they serve. The expanded use of new technologies, including unarmed drones, in United Nations peacekeeping Continue reading