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UN begins planning for Syria monitoring mission

Published March 29, 2012 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping department will send a team to Damascus soon to begin contingency planning for a possible observer mission to monitor any eventual ceasefire in conflict-torn Syria, Western diplomats said on Thursday.  The envoys, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the planning for an observer mission in Syria was at a very early stage, and it was unclear whether such a mission would ever be deployed.

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

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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.”

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