Peacekeeping

  • A core task of the Security Council is to design the mandates of UN peace operations and assess their implementation. Central as mandate-crafting is to its work, the Council’s products have been criticised for not responding adequately to realities on the ground, for being circumscribed by political and cost considerations of member states rather than driven by what the situation demands, and for lacking strategic focus.

  • On Tuesday (20 November), the Security Council will hold an open debate on strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa at the initiative of China, this month’s Council president. Briefings are expected from Secretary-General António Guterres and Smaïl Chergui, the AU Commissioner...

  • Tomorrow (6 November), the Security Council will receive a briefing on UN policing from Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the heads of police components of three UN peacekeeping operations: Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, UN Mission in South Sudan...

  • November 2018

    UN Peacekeeping

    Monthly Forecast

    In November, the Council will receive a briefing on UN policing from Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the heads of police components of three UN peacekeeping operations: Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Police Commissioner; Awale Abdounasir, UN Organization Stabilization Operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Police Commissioner; and Serge Therriault, UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) Police Commissioner. No formal outcome is anticipated from the meeting. 

  • Tomorrow (21 September), the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution on peacekeeping performance. Council members met once in person at expert level to discuss the draft, which was prepared by the US, and subsequent negotiations took...

  • 11 September 2018

    Peacekeeping Reform Debate

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    Tomorrow (12 September), the Security Council will hold a debate on peacekeeping reform. The Council will be briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Sarah Blakemore, Chief Executive of the NGO Keeping Children Safe. Although no outcome will...

  • September 2018

    Peacekeeping Operations

    Monthly Forecast

    In September, the Security Council will hold a debate on peacekeeping reform. As requested in resolution 2378, Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to deliver the first comprehensive annual briefing on the reform of UN peacekeeping.

  • 11 May 2018

    Peacekeeping Presidential Statement

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    On Monday (14 May), Security Council members are expected to adopt a presidential statement on peacekeeping operations. The statement, which was drafted by the Netherlands, builds on the themes raised in the 28 March open debate on “Collective Action to...

  • May 2018

    Peacekeeping

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council will be briefed on aspects of UN peacekeeping by three heads of military components of UN peace operations: Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi, Force Commander of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur; Major General Jean-Paul Deconinck, Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali; and Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, Force Commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix is also expected to address the Council.

  • The annual Security Council retreat with the Secretary-General will take place on 21 and 22 April. Unlike previous years, when members have generally met at the Greentree Estate on Long Island, this year they will meet in Backåkra, the private...

  • 27 March 2018

    Peacekeeping Open Debate

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    Tomorrow (28 March), the Security Council will hold an open debate on “Collective Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping Operations”. The meeting will be chaired by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte. The Council will be briefed by Secretary-General...

  • March 2018

    Peacekeeping Operations

    Monthly Forecast

    In March, at the initiative of the Netherlands, the Security Council is expected to hold an open debate on “Collective Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping Operations”. Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to brief the Council at the meeting, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A presidential statement taking into consideration the positions stated at the meeting is likely to be negotiated following the open debate.

  • Tomorrow (1 December) there will be a closed Arria-formula meeting on unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians hosted by Uruguay, Senegal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Briefings will be provided by Namie Di Razza, a post-doctoral fellow at the...

  • 6 November 2017

    UN Policing Briefing and Resolution

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    Today (6 November), the Council will receive a briefing from the heads of police components of three UN peace operations. Such briefings with police commissioners have been held in the Council annually since 2014. This year’s meeting will feature a...

  • In October, the Security Council is expected to hold a debate at the initiative of France and the UK on strategic force generation in peacekeeping operations. Expected briefers will include Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and a representative from a major troop-contributing country. No outcome is anticipated.