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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: Complex but Necessary Cooperation

Author(s): 
Richard Gowan
Jake Sherman
Date Published: 
March 19, 2012

In a short paper for the Center for International Peace Operations, the German think-tank, Jake Sherman and Richard Gowan argue that as NATO pulls back from Afghanistan and the UN downsizes some missions (including those in Haiti and the Congo) organizations including the AU, Arab League and ASEAN may take more responsibility for new peace operations.

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.

Briefing Paper: Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2012

Date Published: 
March 16, 2012

The past year could have been a disastrous one for U.N. peacekeeping. Twelve months ago, Côte d’Ivoire appeared to be on the brink of renewed civil war in spite of the presence there of United Nations and French forces. South Sudan’s vote for independence in January 2011 also had the potential to unleash mass violence. From Haiti to Liberia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, peacekeepers were charged with overseeing elections that might have resulted in significant instability.

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Peace Operations Partnerships: The UN Security Council and (Sub-)Regional Organizations

Author(s): 
Mauricio Artiñano
Date Published: 
March 16, 2012

Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has consistently partnered with regional and subregional organizations around the world within the framework of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter, including through the authorization of peace operations by these organizations. Enhanced consultation and more fluid interaction between the Council and regional organizations can have an immediate impact on the successful conduct of peace operations on the ground and would also improve long-term trust and cooperation between the Council and its partners.

UN Integration and Humanitarian Space

Author(s): 
Victoria Metcalfe
Alison Giffen
Samir Elhawary
Date Published: 
March 12, 2012

For over two decades, the United Nations has sought to create greater coherence within the UN system. UN integration is part of this push - an attempt to maximise the impact of UN efforts to consolidate peace in conflict and post-conflict states.  The benefits and risks of UN integration for humanitarian action have been subject to intense debate. Some UN humanitarian staff, and many staff in non-UN humanitarian organisations, remain sceptical that UN integration can benefit humanitarian action.

UN proposes budget cuts in peacekeeping operations

Published February 25, 2012 by Sudan Tribune
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February 25, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations (UN) has proposed a 7.8% reduction in its global peacekeeping operations citing the difficult financial situation of several member countries, a senior official said.

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