On International Day of UN Peacekeepers (29 May), we pay tribute to all the uniformed and civilian personnel who have served in UN Peacekeeping operations. This day is an opportunity to commend their invaluable contribution to the Organization’s work, and pay respect to the more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

This year’s theme, “The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security”, highlights the vital role of youth in peace processes as acknowledged by resolution 2250 of the UN Security Council. Consisting of five pillars…


By Bintou Keita

UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative, Bintou Keita, visits Anka and Umm Rai, in North Darfur. The mission aimed at ascertaining the protection and humanitarian needs of the community living there following attacks on their villages . Ms Keita interacted with members of the displaced population who spoke about their concerns regarding the lack of food, shelter, water resources and medical facilities. Photo by Hamid Abdulsalam (UNAMID)

I took up my appointment as deputy joint special representative with the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Darfur, Sudan and received my first briefing on December 15, 2015.

In the briefing, it was reported that two weeks prior, villages in northern Darfur, specifically Anka, had been decimated for the third time by armed groups, women raped and communities displaced. I inquired about what the mission did and was told that continuing security concerns had prevented peacekeepers from traveling to the affected area. To me, this did not make sense and had to change. …


By Lieutenant Colonel Will Meddings

The official handover of Op NEWCOMBE LRRG(M) between the Light Dragoons and the Royal Anglian Regiment between Lieutenant Colonel Robinson (left) Lieutenant Colonel Meddings (right).

This week, in the sweltering heat, I took over command of the UK’s newest peacekeeping force. The soldiers of the UK’s Long Range Reconnaissance Group are made up of specialists from across the British Army. They include infantry and reconnaissance soldiers, drone operators, electronic warfare teams and a high-tech surgical team.

It may be a small force but it is a capable one.

Able to patrol for a month at a time and travel hundreds of kilometres from MINUSMA’s base at Gao, it can travel further, through searing temperatures, and put UN peacekeepers into isolated…


À l’occasion de la Journée internationale des Casques bleus de l’ONU (29 mai), nous avons rendu hommage à tout le personnel en uniforme et civil qui servent dans les opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations unies. Cette journée est une opportunité de saluer leur précieuse contribution au travail de l’Organisation et de rendre hommage aux plus de 4 000 Casques bleus qui ont perdu la vie en servant sous le drapeau des Nations unies.

Le thème de cette année, « La route vers une paix durable : puiser dans la force des jeunes pour la paix et la…


by Malcolm Cavanagh

The institution of peacekeeping, while one of the UN’s greatest contributions to global stability, has been subject to several challenges in recent decades, due in large part to the shifting dynamics present in modern low-security environments. An increase in transnational terrorism and conflicts involving several belligerent groups call for a twenty-first-century approach to peacekeeping, a gap which the Comprehensive Planning and Performance Assessment System — CPAS — endeavours to fill.

First implemented in 2018 in MINUSCA, the ongoing peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), CPAS provides a platform in which data is compiled by and…


by Jean-Pierre Lacroix

Jakia Sultana (27) from Bangladesh serves as a gate keeper with MINUSMA. (Photo: MINUSMA)

Over the past year, to be a United Nations peacekeeper in the field has meant adopting new levels of flexibility and resilience in the face of evolving challenges. A hard job has become even harder.

As this global pandemic wreaks havoc, tens of thousands of women and men serving in the 12 peacekeeping missions deployed around the world have adapted to the new reality, taking every precaution to stay safe themselves and prevent the spread of the virus, while continuing to support national and local responses and deliver on lifesaving work. …


by Jean-Pierre Lacroix

Imagine that you live in a town plagued by landmines. Imagine that shopping at the market means walking through a minefield, that stepping off the road risks losing a limb, that allowing your children to play in a field implies risking their lives. This is a reality in nearly 60 countries and territories, where millions of people remain affected by landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Since the early 1990s, countries have collaborated to rid the world of landmines, leading to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention of 1997 and other international frameworks…


As part of our month-long May campaign on Youth, Peace and Security, we’re highlighting the crucial work of youth around the world who are actively contributing to building peace within their local communities, and the importance of supporting them as active agents of peace. …


Steplyne Nyaboga on International Women’s Day in Zalingei. (Photo: UNAMID)

New York, 24 May 2021 — A Kenyan peacekeeper, who recently completed her assignment in Darfur, Sudan is selected to receive the 2020 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.

Military Gender Advisor Steplyne Nyaboga, 32, who served in the recently ended United Nations — African Hybrid Union Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), will receive the award during a virtual ceremony presided over by Secretary-General António Guterres, marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Thursday, 27 May 2021.


By Alpha Koroma, Generations For Peace Lead Pioneer in Sierra Leone

From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the Mano River Basin sub-region of West Africa was torn by civil wars that started in Liberia, and soon spread to neighboring countries. With all of West Africa under the threat of destabilization, the UN Security Council deployed six peacekeeping operations across the region from 1993 to 2018, to help build peace and protect local populations.

Lauded as one of the Organization’s biggest success stories, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) was established in 1999, to help the local government…

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