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“Climate of division” affecting UN African peacekeeping

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United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in sub-Saharan Africa operate under more challenging political and security conditions due to multiple crises and what Head of...

Ghana UN Peacekeeping Ministerial ends with increased commitments

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Ninety-one countries and three international organisations committed to continue peacekeeping under the United Nations (UN) umbrella at this week’s Peacekeeping Ministerial in Ghana. Additionally, the...

Africa isn’t ready for a withdrawal of peacekeepers

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Peacekeeping operations have played a crucial role in stabilising fragile situations across Africa for over 60 years. More than 13 United Nations (UN)-led missions...

African-led peace operations: A crucial tool for peace and security

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African-led peace operations have been vital tools for managing Africa’s complex array of security challenges, though continued reform is needed to intervene more decisively...

ISS: Could UN funding for AU peace missions become the norm?

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The African Union (AU) and its regional economic communities have deployed about 27 peace support operations in Africa since the 2000s. These missions have...

ISS: UN peacekeeping in Africa needs tighter parameters

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Peacekeeping is one of the United Nations’ (UN) most important conflict management tools, but policymakers, host countries and experts agree that it is in...

ISS: What do protests say about UN peacekeeping in Africa?

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In the past few months, two United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in Africa have encountered violent protests from the local populations they’re meant to...

Support for peacekeepers more necessary than ever top UN official says

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An example of what peacekeeping means to people affected by conflict comes from troubled South Sudan where a recent survey had 80% of respondents...

UN peacekeeping in Africa is working better than you might think

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Media headlines often make it seem as if peacekeeping is not going well; they tend to highlight violence, displacement and abuse. The quantitative data,...

UN worker killed in attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali

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Unidentified armed men attacked a convoy belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday, killing one civilian worker and wounding another,...

UN states agree to $6 billion peacekeeping budget, averting shutdown

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United Nations member states agreed on Tuesday to a budget of some $6 billion for the world body’s 12 peacekeeping missions for the next...

Strengthening UN peacekeepers’ conduct

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South Africa, acknowledged by the UN for adoption of best practices to deal with sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) in its military, was one...

Progress on UN Action for Peacekeeping

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Three years since the UN Secretary-General launched his Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative to strengthen peacekeeping operations internationally there has been “significant progress but...

COVID-19 exacerbating CAT vulnerabilities – UN peacekeeping chief

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The Central African Republic (CAR) is progressing with preparations for presidential and legislative elections in December, but the political situation remains fragile and security...

Multilateral peace operations declined in 2019 – report

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While the number of United Nations and non-UN multilateral peace operations increased slightly in 2019, the number of personnel deployed in them decreased, according...

US peacekeeping investment helping fight COVID-19

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Five African countries are among the over 120 worldwide on receiving end of US largesse, said to be more than $900 million, since the...

Sinai peacekeeper cutback to be discussed

Israel will discuss with close ally the US a newspaper report that US-led peacekeeping force in the Egyptian Sinai may be scaled back, calling...

UN peacekeeping rotations on hold until mid-year

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The South African component of the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission – MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – will stay in place...

Female peacekeepers should be climbing the ladder

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Bintou Keita, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, discusses the benefits and challenges of bringing more women into peacekeeping. Originally from Guinea, Keita joined the United...

Training for peace

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Peacekeeping is sometimes called a paradox because it requires the ability to use force and the restraint not to use it. Former United Nations...

Mali peace deal implementation a must – UN peacekeeping chief

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Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali is the only path to stabilisation the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council. Jean-Pierre...

UN peacekeeping performance evaluation

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The international community last week took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance...

Security Council told of challenges facing peacekeepers

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Organised crime, breakdowns in law and order and attacks by extremists are examples of challenges faced by UN peacekeepers the Security Council heard, during...

Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force team to train Ugandan military engineers

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22 members of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) Trainers Team will soon be deployed to Uganda.   According to the JGSDF Facebook page, the team...

Mapisa-Nqakula tells UN conference South Africa is committed to peacekeeping

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South Africa’s defence minister was one of many taking part in a recent UN peacekeeping ministerial conference where she gave some insight into the...

UN budget procedure review sought to ensure payment for troop contributing...

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The bean counters at the Department of Defence (DoD) and the national defence force would be right if they alerted the South African contingent...

Brand SA welcomes UN recognition of SA’s peacekeeping role

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Brand South Africa has welcomes the United Nations (UN) recognition and praise of South Africa’s role in peacekeeping missions on the African continent. Speaking at...

UN peacekeeping missions in Africa report most deaths

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That peacekeeping is dangerous – often fatal – and particularly in Africa is again borne out by this year’s list of recipients of the...

South Africa wants specialist UN training teams to up peacekeeping professionalism

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As the UN prepares for the 20th commemoration of UN Peacekeepers Day on 29 May, the Security Council heard a senior South African diplomat...

SANDF peacekeeping efforts continue in Africa

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South Africa has engaged in over a dozen peace missions since democracy as it recognises that its destiny is linked to the Southern African...

U.N. members owe $2 billion in debt to peacekeeping, U.S. owes...

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U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion (1.54 billion pounds) in peacekeeping funds, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned, with the United States...

Feature: Women in peacekeeping

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Cpl. Laker Doris Patricia of the Ugandan People's Defence Force drove a large supply truck every day. She carried everything from bullets...

ISS: South Africa’s vital role in the future of peacekeeping

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By 1 January 2019 South Africa will be one of Africa's three representatives on the UN Security Council. The country can use...

UN peacekeeping chief on challenges ahead

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United Nations peacekeeping remains one of the most effective tools to respond to today's challenges of global peace and security writes Jean-Pierre...

UN peacekeeping chief on challenges ahead

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United Nations peacekeeping remains one of the most effective tools to respond to today's challenges of global peace and security writes Jean-Pierre...

Feature: Protecting civilians in times of conflict

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In asymmetric wars, more needs to be done to protect people caught in the middle A small bus loaded with 24 people from...

African peacekeeping under the spotlight

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The intricacies and politics of peacekeeping came under the spotlight today at the fourth annual Peacekeeping and Logistics Africa conference in Pretoria. It...

Female participation strengthens peacekeeping protection efforts

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U.S. Army Africa collaborates with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field...

South Africa looking to involve BRICS more in peace support operations

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One of many discussion points during the recent BRICS summit in South Africa was more involvement of the bloc in peacekeeping. Putting the...

ISS: Political action is required to save peacekeepers’ lives

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Today, 29 May, is International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers, established to acknowledge the contributions of peacekeepers and honour those who...

Complex and deadly new threats mean UN missions must adapt –...

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Evolving and increasingly deadly threats, together with worsening humanitarian crises mean United Nations peacekeeping missions need more support for ‘blue helmets' on...

Changes coming to UN peacekeeping

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As the United Nations continues to send peacekeepers to war-torn environments such as Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),...

Canada to send helicopters and troops to Mali

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Canada will send helicopters and support troops, including medical staff, to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali later this year,...

Off-the-shelf technology assisting peacekeepers

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As the summer heat baked the Central African Republic (CAR), tensions between ex-Séléka and Anti-Balaka forces boiled near the town of Kaga-Bandoro...

Over 110 000 UN peacekeepers deployed worldwide in 2017

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Last year the UN deployed more than 110 000 peacekeepers in 15 missions around the world with the world body's peacekeeping department...

Top UN peacekeepers on 2018 challenges

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2017 was a deadly year for UN peacekeepers with over 60 blue helmets killed in hostile acts but there were plusses for...

UN wants Brazilian peacekeepers for CAR

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The United Nations wants Brazil to send troops to join its peace mission in the Central African Republic, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN head...

UN peacekeeping deployment mechanics

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Deploying UN peacekeeping forces involves generating and rotating more than 300 units including 76 infantry battalions as well as troops numbering tens...

ISS: Turning point for the AU-UN peacekeeping partnership?

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The past year has been an eventful one for reform at the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), with both organisations...

More cuts loom for UN peacekeepers

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On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in...

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