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Young people who are shaping the COVID-19 response with UN Peacekeeping

Young cyclists in Kosovo deliver 600+ reusable masks to 200 Albanian, Serbian, Roma and Ashkali families in Lipjan/Lipljan. By: Idil Uner Five years ago, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2250 (UNSCR 2250) — the first multilateral policy framework that acknowledges “the important and positive contribution of youth in efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace…

Women, Peace and Security

By Charlotte Morgan and Isabelle Truong This year marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325, the first one to recognize women as key agents of peace. According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the ground-breaking resolution “underscored the link between gender, inequality and fragility, and between women’s security and international…

Better Performance Means Better Impact for Peace

Better performance means better impact for peace By David Haeri This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This anniversary comes along with a message of hope: together, in a world where cooperation is key to ensure the success of peace processes, we can achieve more for populations. Our peacekeeping missions around the world are…

60 Years of UN Police; 60 Years of Resilience

By Naomi Belay Members of the Nigerian Police detachment serving with the United Nations Force in the Congo, photographed as their train pulls out from the station in Leopoldville. Some one hundred men of the detachment are en route to Matadi to assume duties in connection with the re-opening of that port for ONUC supplies, June 1961.…

South Sudan: Supporting the protection and implementation of women’s housing, land...

South Sudan: Supporting the protection and implementation of women’s housing, land and property rights In 2019, over 1.6 million persons in South Sudan were internally displaced. Over 200,000 such individuals were living in protection of civilians sites hosted by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). While the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution…

Woman to woman, we can make lasting differences in Congolese communities

By Josefine Ulbrich Last year, 1,054 cases of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the UN’s Mission (MONUSCO), affecting 1,048 women and 6 men. But reported cases are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Of the 5.5 million internally displaced people in the DRC, 51 per…

Combating conflict-related sexual violence at the heart of the Democratic Republic...

By Elena Schiatti My name is Elena Schiatti and I serve as Women Protection Advisor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO). Now working in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, I previously worked in Kasai Central province and was based in the provincial capital, Kananga, for a year. Between 2016 and…

Fighting COVID-19 and promoting peace come together in Darfur

In the Darfur region of Sudan, with the myriad of internally displaced persons and nomadic communities, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a significant threat to peace and security and further deteriorated the socio-economic situation. The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) — the peacekeeping mission that has been deployed since 2007 to…

Gender and mine action: no longer a question of “empowerment”, but...

Gender and mine action: no longer a question of empowerment, but of common sense An all-female demining team in action in South Sudan. Photo: UNMAO/Elena Rice “Demining is seen as a man’s job.” These are the words of Itta Betty Oliver Lowela, who works with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in South Sudan. When…

Supporting women during COVID-19 and beyond

By Molly Martin Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed dangerous vulnerabilities for women and girls around the world. The social, political and economic effects of the virus have deepened pre-existing inequalities as they generally suffer from lower wages and insecure employment, and often bear the burden of unpaid family care and household…

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