UN Peace Operations

The UN Backs Down a Little, Adds More Women to Its Peacekeeping Panel

Published December 3, 2014 by The Nation
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In an act of contrition almost never seen at the United Nations, in early November Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that the organization had made a mistake in naming a gender-lopsided panel to review its peacekeeping operations. The fourteen-member High-level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations originally included only three women.

Anti-Balaka group to lay down arms in CAR

Published November 30, 2014 by Al Jazeera
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The 'anti-Balaka' armed group in Central African Republic (CAR) has announced that it would lay down its weapons and become a political movement.

Sudan closes UNAMID human rights office

Published November 26, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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November 26, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan ordered this week the closure of a human rights office of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), saying it contradicts the mandate of the operation and incompatible with the agreement signed the Sudanese government.

In South Sudan, U.N. Peacekeepers’ Biggest Challenge: Staying Neutral

Published November 25, 2014 by World Politics Review
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JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan is in crisis. Following the outbreak of a civil war almost a year ago, the country has been devastated by widespread violence that is both politically and ethnically motivated. The international community’s ability to stop the violence rests in large part on the shoulders of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a peacekeeping operation with a mandate to use force to protect civilians. 

Haiti: UN mission chief urges calm, respect for rights in wake of protests

Published November 25, 2014 by UN News Centre
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25 November 2014 – Amid rising tensions Port-au-Prince and other key Haitian cities in the wake of last month’s delayed elections, the top United Nations official in the country deplored the violence that recently caused injuries among demonstrators and called on all sides to respect the right to free expression while also avoiding any recourse to violence.

Sudan says UNAMID personnel have history of sexual abuse

Published November 25, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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November 25, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government said that it has documented cases of sexual abuse of Darfuri women committed by members of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), accusing the latter of failing to take action.

DR Congo: UN special envoy condemns ‘trend of massacres’ in eastern province

Published November 24, 2014 by UN News Centre
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24 November 2014 – The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing flare-ups of deadly violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

Building EU-UN Coherence in Mission Planning & Mandate Design

Author(s): 
Thierry Tardy
Richard Gowan
Date Published: 
November 13, 2014

Just over five years ago, relations between the EU and UN were strained due to the difficulties of planning and implementing coordinated missions in Chad and Kosovo. Today, relations are considerably more cordial, but there is still room to improve the two organizations’ joint planning procedures. This paper aims to assess what has been achieved in the field of planning coordination and what the remaining challenges are; it also makes some suggestions for further action.

Darfur displaced worry about exit Unamid, demand replacement

Published November 24, 2014 by Radio Dabanga
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EL FASHER (24 Nov.) - Internally displaced people in Darfur have agreed that troops of the UN-AU hybrid mission in Darfur (Unamid) should not leave the region, before they are replaced with alternative forces which protect the civilian and displaced population. The peacekeeping mission confirmed it has received a request from Khartoum to put in place an exit strategy from Darfur.

Sudan asks UNAMID to embark on exit strategy from Darfur

Published November 21, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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November 21, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign ministry told western diplomats and international organisations in Khartoum on Friday that it has informed the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) two weeks ago to begin an exit strategy from the restive region.

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