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U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians

Published May 16, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - United Nations peacekeeping missions routinely avoid using force to protect civilians who are under attack, intervening in only 20 percent of cases despite being authorized to do so by the U.N. Security Council, an internal U.N. study found.

The Political Economy of UN Peacekeeping: Incentivizing Effective Participation

Author(s): 
Katharina P. Coleman
Date Published: 
May 6, 2014

A surge in South Sudan and a new operation in the Central African Republic will bring UN peacekeeping deployments—and the UN peacekeeping budget—to unprecedented levels. How does the UN finance its peacekeeping missions? And how can it use that financing system in a better way to get the personnel and equipment it needs for all of its missions?

UN to Act in Battle Over Peacekeeping Reimbursements

Published May 2, 2014 by International Peace Institute
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On May 5, a critical round of negotiations will begin at the United Nations (UN), and the outcome will have profound implications for UN peacekeeping. Since the early 2000s, peacekeeping has grown in both size and complexity. The current mandated surge in South Sudan and the recently authorized operation in the Central African Republic are due to bring UN deployment to unprecedented levels, and both missions exemplify the increased focus on the protection of civilians in UN mandates.

Dallaire Initiative participates in formal launch of DPKO training for peacekeepers in child protection

Published April 9, 2014 by Relief Web
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New York—The Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations, formally launches Train, Act, Protect: A new standard in child protection training for peacekeepers. The launch at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations marks new training that is the product of collaboration between international actors and organizations, including the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

UN officials urge Security Council to allow for effective post-2015 peacebuilding tools

Published March 19, 2014 by UN News Centre
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19 March 2014 – Inclusivity, institution-building and international/regional support are the three key ingredients to long-lasting post-conflict peace, United Nations officials said this morning as they called on the Security Council to help shape a more effective UN peacebuilding architecture.

Engineering Peace: The Critical Role of Engineers in UN Peacekeeping

Author(s): 
Arthur Boutellis
Adam Smith
Date Published: 
February 3, 2014

Although engineering may be the least critically analyzed aspect of peacekeeping, it is one of the most crucial elements to the functioning of a UN peace operation. This report details the various roles that engineers play in UN peace operations and examines the type of engineering capacities available to a mission.

Japan ‘may lift’ arms export ban for int’l peacekeepers

Published February 11, 2014 by Global Times
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Japan may allow exports of defense equipment to international organizations such as those involved in UN peacekeeping operations on condition they do not take sides in conflicts, Kyodo News reported Tuesday.

Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan is reviewing various aspects of defense including its self-imposed ban on weapons exports.

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