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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...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...