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Syria crisis: UN mission 'last chance' to avoid civil war

Published March 25, 2012 by BBC News
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has offered full support for envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission in Syria, saying it may be the last chance to avoid a "prolonged and bloody civil war."  The governent in Moscow urged Mr Annan to work with both the Syrian government and opposition to end the violence.

Plan to double peacekeepers "very timely"

Published March 26, 2012 by The Jakarta Post, Indonesia
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Indonesia’s regular contribution of troops to UN peacekeeping missions has been hailed by many as a remarkable expression of international solidarity with peace and security. The government aims to double the number of its peacekeepers and has pledged to send three helicopters. The Jakarta Post’ s Novan Iman Santosa and Yohanna Ririhena talked with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, during his recent visit to Jakarta.

Blog: Briefing and Consultation on Peacekeeping

Published March 25, 2012 by What's in Blue (UN Security Council)
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On Monday (26 March) the Council is scheduled to receive a briefing from Hervé Ladsous, head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), followed by consultations. The UK, as Council President this month, has initiated this briefing and suggested that the focus be the Council’s role in transitions in peacekeeping and the need to have a better understanding of peacebuilding activities. It is likely that one of the areas that Ladsous will cover is the need to encourage dialogue between the Secretariat, the host country and the Council.

Empowering Local Peacebuilders

Date Published: 
March 26, 2012

Peacebuilding operations in conflict and post-conflict societies often undermine local capacity, ownership, and sustainability. The acknowledged remedy is to empower local actors to take the lead in planning and implementing programs, but few empowerment strategies that work in practice have been documented and explained.

Indonesia Wants More Female UN Peacekeepers

Published March 23, 2012 by The Jakarta Globe, Indonesia
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Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Wednesday that the United Nations is in need of female peacekeepers from Indonesia to be stationed on its missions around the world.  “The female peacekeepers would be deployed to handle social or health care missions,” Purnomo said at the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue.  The UN currently has more than 120,000 personnel on 15 peacekeeping operations.

UN police chief: ‘zero impunity’ for peacekeepers guilty of sexual abuse

Published March 21, 2012 by UN News Centre
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21 March 2012 – The
United Nations police chief today called on Member States to ensure that
peacekeeping personnel found guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse
are punished and that everything possible is done to prevent such crimes
from being committed in the first place.

“I strongly advocate for a zero impunity approach by Member States,” the
UN Police Adviser, Ann-Marie Orler, told a news conference at UN
Headquarters. “We need also to do our utmost to prevent sexual
exploitation.”

UN must review policy on peacekeepers who abuse - Amnesty International

Published March 16, 2012 by Alertnet
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NEW DELHI, March 16 (AlertNet) - A one-year jail term given to three Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers for raping a boy in Haiti is a "travesty of justice", said human rights group Amnesty International, urging the world body to tighten its policy on blue helmets guilty of such abuses.  Judges from a Pakistani military tribunal held a trial in Haiti which last week found three peacekeepers had raped a 14-year-old boy in the northern city of Gonaives on Jan. 20.  The three men – who were members of the Pakistani Formed Police Unit serving with the 12,000-strong U.N.

Peace Operations Partnerships: Assessing Cooperation Mechanisms between Secretariats

Author(s): 
Joachim Koops
Date Published: 
March 16, 2012

During the last decade, peace operation partnerships between the United Nations (UN) and regional organizations have advanced considerably both in operational and institutional terms. With the growing involvement of regional organizations in the area of peacekeeping, coordination between the UN and its potential partners is important in order to avoid duplication or outright inter-organizational rivalry.

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