Not Just a Numbers Game: Matching Peacekeeping Mandates with Adequate Resources Is Essential as the COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads

UN Member States are now on their fifth week of the yearly UN peacekeeping budget negotiations.  The budget negotiations at the UN General Assembly’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary) are never easy, but this year negotiations are fraught with additional challenges caused by COVID-19. In this current environment riddled with uncertainty, Member States should demonstrate…

A Mandate for Gradual Transition and Strong Performance

On December 19, 2019, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2502, outlining a new mandate for the peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo—known by its French acronym MONUSCO. Changes to a peacekeeping mission’s mandate instruct peacekeepers on what shifts to make in their policies, activities, and operations on the ground. So, what…

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…