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Engaging Nonstate Armed Groups on the Protection of Children: Towards Strategic Complementarity

Author(s): 
Jérémie Labbé
Reno Meyer
Date Published: 
May 15, 2012

This issue brief provides an overview of the legal, political, and operational frameworks protecting children from the effects of armed conflict, notably from violations by nonstate armed groups. The UN Secretary-General has repeatedly emphasized the need to “more consistently and effectively engage non-State armed groups in order to improve their compliance with the law,” including international human rights and international humanitarian law.

Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences

Author(s): 
Rachel Locke
Vanessa Wyeth
Date Published: 
May 15, 2012

This meeting note captures the proceedings at a seminar on November 2, 2011 on “Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences.” The seminar sought to learn from previous agreements on peacebuilding and development priorities between national governments and international partners in fragile and conflict-affected states.

During the meeting, the International Peace Institute presented a study on United Nations experiences with this first generation of “transition compacts,” a summary of which is included at the end of this note.

Liberia, U.K., Indonesian leaders to head UN panel

Published May 10, 2012 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will head a panel to advise the United Nations on global development beyond 2015, the world body said on Wednesday.

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UN peacekeepers receive thumbs up for greening the environment

Published May 10, 2012 by Ghana Business News
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A new desk research report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),  at the beginning of the month of May, has lauded United Nations peacekeepers for progress they have chalked in reducing their environmental impact.

UN Peacekeepers open new fronts in war on carbon

Published May 4, 2012 by BusinessGreen.com
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Using alternative energy, natural building materials, and water efficient technology has helped the UN tackle emissions from its sizeable peacekeeping operation, according to a major new report.  Almost 122,000 people are involved in 16 operations in war-torn countries, which the UN estimates contribute over half the organisation's 1.8 million tonne carbon footprint.

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.

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