Mounting Evidence: Empirical Studies Show UN Peacekeeping Mission Presence May Reduce Violence Against Civilians

The evidence is mounting. Academic studies are finding that the presence of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations correlates with reduced violence, including violence against civilians. Despite these studies, there is considerable political and financial pressure to downsize and withdraw UN peacekeeping operations from contexts where civilians continue to be targeted. Other stakeholders are suggesting that…

What Does MINUSCA’s Revised Mandate Mean for the Protection of Civilians in the Central African Republic?

On 15 November 2019, the Security Council unanimously adopted S/RES/2499 and renewed the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). While the protection of civilians (POC) remains the Mission’s first priority task for the year ahead, additional tasks have been added by the Council to support the…

Missed Deadlines, Difficult Compromises, Ongoing Divisions: Reviewing the Fifth Committee’s 2019 Session on Peacekeeping

The UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Fifth Committee (5C) concluded its annual session on peacekeeping budgets on July 3rd, missing the fiscal-year deadline by three days. This blog post provides an overview of the key outcomes from the 5C session, such as: the overall peacekeeping budget for 2019-2020; staffing positions; the financial situation facing UN peacekeeping;…

Twenty Years of Protecting Civilians through UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Challenges, and New Frontiers

CIVIC, International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands and Uruguay to the UN cohosted a policy forum on “Twenty Years of Protecting Civilians through UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Challenges, and New Frontiers.” This side event is part of Protection of Civilians Week, which is taking place on the margins of the…