The UN Security Council Approves a Streamlined Mandate for UNMISS that Prioritizes Protection of Civilians in South Sudan

On March 12, the UN Security Council unanimously approved resolution 2567, which renewed the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The renewal comes on the heels of a year in which subnational violence with links to national political rivalries increased, parties to the revitalized peace agreement failed to implement many of…

Peacekeepers in South Sudan are Helping Minimize Threats to Civilians through Dialogue at the Subnational and National Levels

South Sudan’s revitalized peace process (R-ARCSS) has been largely elite-focused and has yet to yield real dividends for South Sudanese civilians. In this context, the United Nations peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is implementing a new program of work that ties together national support to the peace process in the country with subnational engagement on protection and peacebuilding.

#GenderInConflict: Staffing Gender Posts to Strengthen Peacekeeping Missions

The following video is one piece in a collection on our VOICES blog focused on the gendered experience in conflict and how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians.   In many of the countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed, gender-based violence (GBV) and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) are taking place at significant levels…

Ellen Margrethe Løj, (on screen) Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Peacekeepers Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), briefs the Council via video teleconference.

A Question of Accountability

United Nations peacekeeping troops often take the blame for mission failures, but a recent op-ed by Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s Peacekeeping Advisor Lauren Spink argues that the UN Security Council and Secretariat must share in accountability for peacekeeping operation failures and enact meaningful reform to support field operations.

Expanding CIVIC’s Impact in Africa

Since mid-2015, CIVIC’s Africa program has grown from one person in Washington to five people based in the US, Nigeria, and East Africa. And we are poised to continue growing. This growth is a direct result of both the sheer volume and complexity of conflicts across the continent and widespread recognition of CIVIC’s value in…