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Mandated to Protect -- Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations HD
Description: About Unitar "The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) delivers innovative training and conducts research on knowledge systems to increase the capacity of beneficiaries to respond to global and constantly evolving challenges" In this video Over the past 20 years Protection of Civilians has moved to the forefront of the Security Council resolutions under which United Nations peacekeepers are deployed. But what exactly is meant by 'protection of civilians'? How are peacekeepers meant to protect? What are the responsibilities of heads of mission and force commanders? How are we to counter crimes against women and children which have become weapons of war? These and other questions are addressed in this program which features contributions from United Nations personnel, military, police and civilian peacekeepers, as well as representatives from international non-governmental organisation around the world with vast experience in the Protection of Civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations. The copyright of the video belongs to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Government of Australia. If you are interested in using the video for educational purposes, please contact us at The video is available for non-commercial use only. Article to the DVD on UNITAR's website:
  20 Apr 2017   43m13s 1 23 0
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What next for Peacebuilding in Africa?
Description: At our third meeting in the 'Peacebuilding in Africa' series, we asked our participants about the biggest opportunities or hindrances to sustainable civil society engagement in the African peacebuilding process. For more information about the event, explore:
  12 Apr 2017   6m25s 1 29 0
Explainer: What is UN Peacekeeping?
Description: A quick guide on why UN peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security and prosperity.
  06 Apr 2017   1m6s 37 1841 0
Running For Peace in Congo
Description: United Nations - A refugee, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo for the United States, discovered he had a talent for running. Now he’s running for peace in both countries. 21st Century: Episode #124 Script:
  28 Mar 2017   4m10s 16 376 0
Restoring Peace In Central African Republic
Description: United Nations - For decades, the Central African Republic has been plagued by instability and conflict. But in the small Western town of Bouar, ex-combatants are handing over their weapons in favour of working on community projects. With support from the UN peacekeeping operation called MINUSCA, Multidimensional Integrated Stabilized Mission in the Central African Republic, these former fighters are now focused on peace and stability to advance their country. UN in Action: Episode #1543 Script (Pdf):
  27 Mar 2017   4m33s 16 670 0
How can education support peace in Lebanon?
Description: International Alert held a conference in Beirut to discuss the power of education to improve peaceful relations in Lebanon, which is facing growing pressures and tensions because of the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch panellists Rania Zakhia, Education Specialist at UNICEF Lebanon, and our lead Researcher Lana Khattab share some insights from our upcoming report on the links between education and social stability. We also hear from our Middle East and North Africa Programmes Manager Rebecca Crozier. One of the key findings is that non-formal education programmes, particularly community-based initiatives with longer-term funding, are vital to improving relations among and between children and their families.
  24 Mar 2017   1m14s 2 128 0
The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Description: Sponsored by the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) and Middle East Studies, this panel discussion will focus on the Syrian refugee experience drawing upon the panelists’ work with Syrian refugees in both Jordan and Turkey. Dr. Khaled Almilaji will be joining the conversation via video.
  23 Mar 2017   1h24m13s 20 1064 0
UN Peacekeeping doctrine in a new era
Description: Recent UN peacekeeping experiences have challenged the traditional peacekeeping principles of consent, impartiality and the minimum use of force. The pace and scope of these changes have now reached a tipping point, as several new mandates are fundamentally challenging the continued validity of the UN peacekeeping’s core principles and identity. A new book co-edited by NUPI researchers Cedric de Coning and John Karlsrud and professor Chiyuki Aoi (University of Tokyo) entitled “UN Peacekeeping doctrine in a new era”, analyses the growing gap between these actual practices and existing UN peacekeeping doctrine. This seminar will use the book as a starting point for a discussion on the relevance of UN peacekeeping as an international conflict management instrument in a world characterised by violent extremism, ethnic war and the Trump administration’s shift away from multilateralism. Photo: AFP PHOTO/Sia KAMBOU/NTB Scanpix
  15 Mar 2017   1h31m39s 3 154 0
After War, Gender Equality Needs Investment Too
Description: Countries emerging from violent conflict face critical decisions from the outset. The way public resources are managed and public goods and services distributed becomes crucial to sustaining peace. In the influx of aid and technical support, the particular needs of women and girls often are overlooked. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace on Monday, March 13, for a discussion with experts about ways to ensure equality in reconstruction budgets and public finance institutions. For more information about this event, visit: Financial management systems that oversee functions such as tax collection, budget tracking or building infrastructure often are established rapidly in countries recovering from violent conflict. But these structures often aren’t built with consideration for the specific needs of women and girls, such as women’s ability to own property when redrafting land reform or women’s mobility when addressing road construction. The result is a missed opportunity to address structural gender inequality from the start. Panelists will discuss how to better integrate gender analysis into public finance, and opportunities for women’s participation in economic structures. Join the conversation on Twitter #USIPGender. Speakers Carol Cohn Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts-Boston Thomas Scherer Program Officer, Economics and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace Janet Stotsky Economist and Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund Carla Koppell, Moderator Connect with us! Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: Newsletters: The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.
  13 Mar 2017   1h38m51s 4 118 0
UN envoy lauds "solid assets" in Colombian peace process
Description: United Nations - Despite the logistical challenges and political uncertainty following the Colombian plebiscite last October, the country has a host of "solid assets" that can help to advance its peace process, UN envoy for Colombia, Jean Arnault, told the Security Council earlier today. Mr. Arnault was briefing the Council on the work of the UN Mission in Colombia, and the progress made in the implementation of the historic Peace Agreement reached last year. In addition to the resolve of the Colombian leaders and people, Mr. Arnault stressed that unanimous support from international community - including that of the Council - will remain "a very significant success factor" in advancing the Colombian peace deal.
  11 Jan 2017   1m16s 6 210 0
Implementing the ‘Kigali Principles’ for Peacekeeping
Description: Communities expect U.N. peacekeepers to protect them. Currently, 97 percent of uniformed personnel in U.N. peacekeeping operations serve under mandates to protect civilians. The “Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians” are a non-binding set of pledges to implement certain best practices in peacekeeping. They were issued at the conclusion of the High-Level International Conference on the Protection of Civilians held in Rwanda on May 28 and 29, 2015. Since then, the Kigali Principles have been referred to and discussed in several meetings including the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping which was convened by President Obama and other world leaders during the 70th United Nations General Assembly. The Principles address the most relevant aspects of peacekeeping, including assessment and planning, force generation, training and equipping personnel, performance and accountability. While they are framed around the protection of civilians, the responsible implementation of the Principles would address much broader challenges that undermine the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations conducted in volatile situations. As signatories of the Kigali Principles, Rwanda, Uruguay, the Netherlands and the United States, in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace are organizing an event on the Kigali Principles as best practice guidelines for the effective implementation of the POC mandates in U.N. peacekeeping operations. This event aims to familiarize the Washington, D.C. community with the Kigali Principles, and highlight how they might be used to improve the implementation of protection of civilians’ mandates in U.N. peacekeeping operations. Join the conversation on Twitter with #KigaliPrinciples. Learn more about this event: Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana Republic of Rwanda Ambassador Elbio Rosselli Uruguayan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Deputy Assistant Secretary Tori Holt U.S. Department of State President Nancy Lindborg United States Institute of Peace. Connect with us! Subscribe: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: Newsletters: The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.
  21 Dec 2016   2h49m28s 2 276 0
Peacekeeping Missions: How to Measure Success (and Failure)?
Description: How does one measure ‘success’ in UN peacekeeping missions? What is meant by a mission which is only partially successful, or in some part a failure? Professor Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé gives a talk on these issues, based on her most recent book. To answer these questions, it is essential to look at two dimensions of success: the establishment of order and the accomplishment of mandate. Using the cases of UN peace operations in Somalia, Sierra Leone and Liberia, this study rejects the classification of these missions as the ‘worst’ context for ‘transitional politics’, and instead demonstrates that peace operations may succeed, partially or totally, in challenging contexts, Diverse outcomes of UNPKO are better explained by the type of intervener and the strategy employed than by the type of context. Professor Martin-Brûlé's research demonstrates that for a peace operation in a civil conflict, the adoption of a deterrence strategy works best for re-establishing order, while the involvement of a great power often improves the chances of a peacekeeping mandate being fulfilled. More info and sign-up: Photo: UN Photo
  01 Dec 2016   53m36s 2 234 0