Milestones in UN Peacekeeping

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UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit, in partnership with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, offers a short course on the History of UN Peacekeeping. This course can be taken in conjunction with the UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit course Introduction to Peace Operations for credit in the International Master Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. This course offers an overview of the history of UN peacekeeping from the founding of the United Nations in 1945 up to present day and presents current trends in peacekeeping that may shape the future.


The goal of the course History of UN Peacekeeping is to provide a panoramic overview of the pivotal events in the history of UN peacekeeping that have shaped its present form.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the beginnings of UN peacekeeping;
  • Identify the four generations of UN peacekeeping operations and the main characteristics of each.

Content and Structure

The course is composed of four lessons:

  • Lesson 1: First Generation Peacekeeping: The Cold War (1945 – 1987)
  • Lesson 2: Second Generation Peacekeeping: Following the Cold War (1988 – 1996)
  • Lesson 3: Third Generation Peacekeeping: Peace Support Operations (1997 – present)
  • Lesson 4: Fourth Generation Peacekeeping: The Next Twist

· The average work time is estimated at 4 hours.

Target Audience

Primary audience: The course is designed for anyone who has an interest and curiosity in the history of peacekeeping.

Secondary audience: The course is geared towards any professionals who would like to earn credit towards a Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Security parallel to their careers.

Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of peacekeeping operations. However, as this is a course for university credit, participants must:

  • Have a university degree in a relevant area with a proven interest in the protection of civilians (BA or equivalent) or the equivalent working experience in a relevant field (2 to 4 years);
  • Have good command of the English language (reading and writing);
  • Be computer literate.

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