Emerging Role of Peace Operations

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.
Emerging Role of Peace Operations

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WFUNA works to support the role of UN Peace Operations through its global network of UN Associations, serving as a bridging gap between the UN, Member States and civil society. Engaging youth representatives and the WFUNA Youth Network in the emerging role of Peace Operations is an additional area of focus relating to Peace and Security. Following a formalized partnership with the Challenges Forum, and the 2017 Forum focusing on the importance of civil society inclusion in peace operation mandates, WFUNA looks to develop new approaches to add to the evolving nature of Peacekeeping at the United Nations. 

Peace Operations in the 21st Century

The role of Peace Operations has fluctuated throughout the history of the United Nations, with success stories coupled with stark failures. In a bid to reclaim the relevance of Peace Operations for the UN System, Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon convened a High Level Panel to review the current state of Peace Operations and to examine the emerging needs of the future. The resulting 2015 report of the High Level Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) outlined four ambitious shifts in a bid to reclaim relevance for the role of Peacekeeping within the UN system:

  • (1) Politics must drive the design and implementation of peace operations;
  • (2) The full spectrum of UN peace operations must be used more flexibly to respond to changing needs on the ground;
  • (3) A stronger, more inclusive peace and security partnership is needed for the future;
  • (4) The UN Secretariat must become more field-focused and UN peace operations must be more people-centered

Throughout the past two years, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has continued the reform process of UN peace operations, notably through the Action for Peace initiative, which calls for the renewed commitment of Member States to UN peace operations, as well as the Dos Santos Cruz report passed in an attempt to increase the safety and security of UN peacekeepers.

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