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UN funds for AU peace operations: Somalia as a test case

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Last December, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously agreed to consider case-by-case requests from the African Union (AU) for UN funding for peacekeeping...

22nd International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

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Wednesday 29 May marked the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, celebrating the 76 000 peacekeepers working towards bringing peace to conflict areas, and commemorating...

Fallen SA airman to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

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A South African airman is among the more than 60 peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at United Nations (UN)...

Understanding the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s push for MONUSCO’s departure

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Many Congolese dread the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers, believing government forces are unable to provide security in the eastern DRC. Within weeks of the handover...

MONUSCO ends South Kivu operations

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United Nations peacekeepers have ceased operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) restive South Kivu province after more than 20 years. “MONUSCO,” a mission...

MONUSCO exits second eastern DRC base

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Twenty years after first being a mobile operating base (MOB) and subsequently a permanent MONUSCO operating base, Bunyakiri in South Kivu has been handed...

Sexual exploitation and abuse incidents on the increase – UN

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More than 750 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) were received by the United Nations (UN) last year – over 220 more than...

Inter-communal conflict a big killer in South Sudan

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The last quarter of 2023 saw a surge in inter-communal conflict in what the United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) terms “pockets”...

‘Deeply irresponsible’ to send overstretched SANDF into SADC mission in the...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so underfunded and overstretched that it is deeply irresponsible to be sending soldiers into the Democratic...

SADC’s second military intervention in eastern DRC in a decade raises...

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The long-simmering conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is starting to boil over again. On 2 February, a South African...

UN support for SAMIDRC under discussion

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The M23 rebel group continues its offensive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the United Nations’ (UN’s) senior peacekeeping official during a...

Guterres looks back on challenging year for UN peacekeeping

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Reviewing 2023 peacekeeping operations, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said 88 000 peacekeepers from 125 countries served in 12 missions worldwide in the...

UN helicopter and personnel in al Shabaab hands

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The United Nations (UN), via spokesman Stephane Dujarric, is “concerned” about personnel aboard a helicopter flying under the world body’s flag after it was...

AI a negative influence on UN peacekeeping

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The senior United Nations (UN) staffer tasked with communications has identified four areas – one of which is peace and security – where “generative...

MINUSMA exits Mali

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General acknowledgement that the now finished United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali was a difficult and life-threatening deployment can be judged from 311...

MONUSCO mandate wraps up in December next year

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4 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) IV are probably the last SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ground force elements to...

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...

Experts warn of security vacuum in wake of exiting peacekeepers

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Peacekeepers are on the move across Africa. But rather than rushing in to quell violence, they are withdrawing from some of the continent’s worst...

Security issues troubling MINUSMA withdrawal

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United Nations (UN) peacekeeping personnel in Mali are, security issues notwithstanding, proceeding with drawdown of the MINUSMA mission in the landlocked West African country. The...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

UN withdrawal in DRC fraught with risk

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At the request of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission has begun. But experts say 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...

Challenges increasing for UN peacekeeping – Lacroix

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Growing national divisions, combined with increasingly complex conflicts, are a formidable challenge to peacekeeping and the maintenance of security, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United...

ISS: MINUSMA leaves Mali – will regional leaders step up on...

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On 30 June the United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously to end the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as of...

MONUSCO withdrawal must not leave security vacuums – UN

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Withdrawal of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) must not create security vacuums and jeopardise protection of civilians,...

SANDF honours peacekeepers on international day

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On 29 May, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, paying tribute to the brave men...

Hundred plus blue helmets killed in 2022

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The more than 87 000 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers worldwide are “a beacon of hope and protection” for vulnerable civilians in an increasingly dangerous...

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...

Countering weapons diversion – a UN view

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Implementing the many global tools aimed at controlling trade and transfer of weapons – ranging from tracing instruments to export rules, safe storage guidelines...

International Day for Mine Awareness

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Global efforts are key to saving lives from the “terrifying legacy’” of unexploded ordnance, which wreaks daily havoc in war torn and post-conflict communities,...

Economic pressures drive extremism – report

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A lack of job opportunities is the leading factor driving people to join fast-growing violent extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new...

Africa accounts for largest number of peacekeeping deaths in 2022

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Thirty-two United Nations (UN) peacekeeping personnel died in deliberate attacks last year, according to the world body's staff union. For the ninth year in a...

Western Sahara: the six-decade struggle to liberate Africa’s last colony

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Western Sahara is the territory in north-west Africa bordered by Morocco in the north, Algeria and Mauritania in the east and the Atlantic Ocean...

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, UN Security Council...

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Although West Africa and the Sahel continues to face unprecedented security challenges, it is still “a land of immense opportunities”, a senior UN official...

UN initiative supports accountability for crimes against peacekeepers

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Holding those who commit crimes against United Nations (UN) “blue helmets” to account is no easy task with the world body now looking to...

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...

Protests against UN in eastern Congo highlight peace mission’s crisis of...

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Violent protests erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in late July 2022, resulting in the deaths of at least three peacekeepers and several...

The UN is under attack in eastern Congo, but DRC elites...

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Demonstrators in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have called for the immediate withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping...

BIRD Aerosystems installs another AMPS solution on UN helicopters operating in...

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Israel’s Bird Aerosystems has completed another installation of its AMPS-MV Airborne Missile Protection System on Mi-17 helicopters operating on behalf of the United Nations...

Peacekeeper protection, training, and telemedicine under the spotlight at UN Symposium

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The United Nations’ 6th Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping International Symposium is scheduled to take place at the CSIR in Pretoria from 21 to...

Centre stage for SA as it hosts UN peacekeeping technology symposium

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A UN vehicle leads a logistics convoy in support of Minusca.Next Tuesday (June 21) sees South Africa host a United Nations (UN) International Partnership...

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,...

Three South African peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured in New York

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United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York will observe the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Thursday, three days ahead of the actual commemoration...

World facing greatest number of conflicts since 1945 – UN

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The world is facing highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, from Yemen to Syria, Myanmar and Sudan and now the catastrophic war in...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province,...

ISS: Could joint AU-UN mediation break Sudan’s stalemate?

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Mediation in Sudan’s broken political transition is yet to bring stability to the country. Attempts by the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU)...

Ramaphosa points to UN “weaknesses”

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa maintains the Russia/Ukraine conflict “demonstrates weaknesses in the structure, practices and architecture of the United Nations (UN)”. He put this...

Ramaphosa defends SA stance at UN on Russia/Ukraine conflict

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Responding to criticism of South Africa’s abstention from voting in last week’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly Russia/Ukraine vote, President Cyril Ramaphosa said it...