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02 Jul 2013 description

Despite the fragile situation in southern Lebanon, both sides were respecting resolution 1701 (2006) — which calls for a full cessation of hostilities between Hizbullah and Israel — the Commander of United Nations troops in the area said at a Headquarters press conference today.

“Calm is prevailing,” said Major General Paolo Serra, Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is mandated to monitor the cessation of hostilities, assist the Government and Armed Forces of Lebanon and support the local population.

28 May 2013 description

United Nations peacekeepers must be constantly equipped with more and better tools and skills so they could fully meet their mandates in increasingly risky environments, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said at Headquarters today.

22 Mar 2012 description

Remarkable but challenging year

In 2011, over two dozen United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions worked to provide security and stability, facilitate political processes, protect civilians, help refugees return, support elections, demobilize and reintegrate former combatants, and promote human rights and the rule of law.

04 Aug 2011 description

Watch the Webcast

Looking back over an “intense” three-year tenure at the helm of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, outgoing Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy said that, despite some shortcomings, blue helmets should be credited for their achievements in reducing the scale of conflicts around the world.

28 Jul 2011 description

Fresh from addressing the Security Council, the commanders of four United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Middle East addressed a Headquarters press conference today on their efforts to protect civilians in Darfur, address charges of human trafficking among senior peacekeepers in Liberia and, more generally, implement measures to ensure that troops everywhere were held to the highest standards of conduct.

31 May 2011 description

Webcast - Law. Order. Peace: UN Peacekeeping and Rule of Law

Officials of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations stressed the importance of strengthening the rule of law as a key part of peacekeeping, as they marked the ninth International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.

17 May 2011 description

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has deployed over 120,000 blue helmets to 15 Peacekeeping Missions all over the world. Each and every one of those blue helmets has a unique story to tell about working with children in conflict situations.

Protecting those who are most vulnerable in conflict is one of the crucial duties the Security Council has entrusted to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

11 May 2011 description

A year of complex challenges for UN peace operations 2010 was in many ways a watershed one for UN peace operations.

08 Feb 2011 description

UN study urges greater action in peacekeeping to include women in peace processes

New York, United Nations, 8 February 2011 - Greater action is needed by United Nations peacekeeping missions - working with local women, national authorities and UN Member States - to increase the limited participation of women in peace negotiations, national security institutions and governance in post-conflict situations, says a UN study launched today.

The impact study - conducted a decade after the adoption of landmark

19 Nov 2010 description

New York, 19 November 2010 - Tomorrow, 20 November is Universal Children's Day, a day to celebrate youth and to demonstrate our universal belief that childhood is sacred for all girls and boys.

15 Apr 2010 description

United Nations, New York, 15 April 2010: As part of the efforts to improve transparency on the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse involving peacekeeping personnel, as of December 2009 the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) have begun to issue quarterly press releases to make public updated statistics regarding sexual exploitation and abuse cases in field Missions. During the first quarter of 2010, the Departments reported a total of 24 allegations, ten of them concerning minors.

22 Jan 2010 description

Introduction: New strategies to help peace operations meet today's demands The United Nations' response to conflict and political crises evolved in 2009, as once again UN peace operations were at the centre of global efforts to protect the vulnerable and nurture fragile peace all over the globe.

With its largest deployment ever on the ground, the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support began a major reform effort to perfect the tool of UN peacekeeping as the Organization's flagship peace and security activity.

17 Jul 2009 description

A New Partnership Agenda: Charting a New Horizon for UN Peacekeeping is an internal "non-paper" prepared by the by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS), which reflects the departments' analysis and outlines a number of crucial recommendations for the future of peacekeeping operations.

The New Horizon non-paper has been circulated to Member States and partners and will form the basis of in-depth consultations in the coming months.

05 Jun 2008 description


In Day-Long Event, United Nations Public Information Chief Stresses Challenge of Building Appreciation for Peacekeepers among Local Populations

(Received from a UN Information Officer.)

TOKYO, 5 June - Even if a United Nations peacekeeping operation was aligned with the best possible mandate and the best trained troops, at the end of the day, those who were going to make peace were those who made war, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno told a United Nations Seminar in Tokyo today.