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10 Feb 2011 description


The need for skilled military and police contributions to peace operations is an ever-present concern. At the same time, the demands that contemporary peace operations place on contributing countries have become increasingly complex. Existing contributors and the UN Secretariat have assembled an impressive inventory of lessons learned, guidance, and best practices. Yet, the need for continued dialogue and reflection remains.

01 Jul 2009 description


"Overstretched," "underresourced," and "overmatched" are terms commonly used to describe UN peacekeeping. The first is a result of the vast number of conflicts the Security Council has chosen to address with peace operations. The second is due to a lack of available specialized equipment, highly trained personnel, and funds-a constraint compounded by global recession. The final descriptor, "overmatched," is, at least partly, a consequence of the challenging, complex environment in which the UN operates.