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21 Dec 2009 description

Click on placemarks above for more on MAG's work in 2009

"MAG is about to enter its 21st year as an organisation and I am very proud to have been a part of what has been achieved over those years.

17 Dec 2009 description

J. Nealin Parker

Center on International Cooperation


Robust peacekeeping and, in particular, protection of civilians garnered significant attention in 2009. In January, the Australian and Uruguayan governments hosted a conference on civilian protection designed to convince wary member states.

09 Dec 2009 description

« Ce n'est qu'en juin et au regard des besoins réels qu'il faudra poser clairement la question de l'avenir de la MONUC », a déclaré aujourd'hui le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix, Alain Le Roy, lors de sa conférence de presse trimestrielle, aux côtés de Susana Malcorra, Secrétaire générale adjointe à l'appui aux missions.

Au Siège de l'ONU à New York, les deux personnalités se sont attardées sur les questions liées à la sécurité du personnel sur le terrain et sur l'actualité de la Mission des Nations Unies en République …

09 Dec 2009 description

The top United Nations peacekeeping officials today reported significant progress in the ongoing discussions among Member States on a study of wide-ranging proposals to bolster the world body's peacekeeping capacity, in their quarterly press conference during which they also updated reporters on peace operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Southern Lebanon, and in the Western Darfur region of Sudan.

Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that while the Secretariat's New Horizons initiative "would never make any headlines", …

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

11 Nov 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6216th Meeting (AM & PM)

Expressing deep regret that civilians continued to account for the vast majority of casualties in armed conflicts, the Security Council reaffirmed today its readiness to respond to the targeting of civilians and the blocking of humanitarian aid, as it opened a day-long debate on the matter.

05 Nov 2009 description
report UN News Service

Dozens of United Nations peacekeepers implicated in cases of sexual abuse and exploitation have been disciplined and punished, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

The UN has imposed a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers, and senior officials have reiterated in recent years that this means there is no impunity for blue helmets who engage in such practices.

UN spokesperson Michele Montas said that, since January, troop-contributing countries have reported that 33 military personnel implicated in cases of sexual abuse and …

03 Nov 2009 description

La présidence autrichienne du Conseil de sécurité, au cours de ce mois de novembre, sera marquée par un débat public consacré à la protection des civils dans les conflits armés, qui se tiendra le 11 novembre et sera présidé par le Ministre des affaires étrangères de l'Autriche, M. Michael Spidelegger. C'est ce qu'a déclaré, cet après-midi, l'Ambassadeur de l'Autriche auprès des Nations Unies, M.

30 Oct 2009 description

Mensajes principales

El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009 es el 10.=BA informe de situación de la FAO sobre el hambre en el mundo desde la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Alimentación (CMA) de 1996. En el informe se destaca el hecho de que, incluso antes de que se produjeran la crisis alimentaria y la crisis económica, el n=FAmero de personas que padecían hambre había aumentado lenta pero constantemente.

29 Oct 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Summary and Key Recommendations

The [airport] transit zone is an improvement for foreigners because they can exercise their rights before they even enter French territory. -Eric Besson, minister, Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity, and Solidarity Development, May 11, 2009.

I said I didn't want to return. The [police] woman told me 'we will handcuff you...put you in the plane, and send you back to your country.' -Ousmane R.

29 Oct 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Transit Zone' System Threatens Unaccompanied Children's Safety

France's system of detaining and deporting unaccompanied migrant children who arrive in Paris by air puts them at serious risk, Human Rights Watch said today.

29 Oct 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Résumé et recommandations clés

La zone d'attente est un progrès pour les étrangers, parce qu'elle leur permet d'exercer leurs droits avant même d'être entrés sur le territoire national. -Eric Besson, ministre, ministère de l'Immigration, de l'intégration, de l'identité nationale et du développement solidaire, 11 mai 2009.

J'ai dit que je ne voulais pas repartir. La femme [policière] m'a dit : « on va te menotter... te mettre dans l'avion, et te renvoyer dans ton pays. » -Ousmane R.

28 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
18th Meeting (AM)

In Some Parts of World, United Nations Has Met Hopes of Affected Populations, In Others, It Has Not, Overwhelmed by Tasks, Inappropriate Mandates, Weak Resolve

27 Oct 2009 description

"My mandate covers any killings which are in contravention of international law, whether humanitarian law or human rights," said Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.


26 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
16th Meeting (AM)

Peacebuilding Situations Run as Peacekeeping Operations with Council Mandates Are Confusing Exit Strategies, Which Must Be Tailored To Avoid Renewed Conflict

20 Oct 2009 description

The recognition that there was a clear link between crime and conflict, and the fact that serious and organized crime was prevalent in many conflict areas was the basis for a new agreement between the United Nations and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to strengthen police units in peacekeeping missions around the world, a senior United Nations security official said today.

At a press conference at Headquarters, Ann-Marie Orler, United Nations Deputy Police Adviser, also underlined the importance of recruiting more female police officers to participate in …

19 Oct 2009 description


Systematic patterns of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) have emerged around UN peacekeeping missions over the course of many years.1 Reports of abuse by peacekeepers in Cambodia and the Balkans in the 1990s were followed by news of similar problems in West African missions in 2001 and 2002.

30 Sep 2009 description


Hope amid the crises

Recently, good news has been in short supply. Journalists and civil society leaders continue to disappear or to be assassinated in the Russian Federation, the situation in the Caucasus remains explosive both in the north (Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia) and the south (Georgia and Nagorny-Kabarach). The crises in Darfur, Somalia and the DRC drag on.

29 Sep 2009 description

Mariano Aguirre

The resignation of the UN commander in chief in Congo this year is indicative of the rising number of problematic UN peacekeeping missions. For peacemaking in complex environments to have a chance of succeeding, members of the UN Security Council will need to transcend their own national security and economic interests.

Last February 2009, the Spanish general Vicente Díaz de Villegas presented his resignation to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).

23 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
3rd & 4th Meetings (AM & PM)

General Assembly President Hails United Nations as Most legitimate Forum For Concerted Global Action, as 30 World Leaders Address Session's First Day