Peacekeeping is one of the many tools employed by the United Nations and other international organizations to help address diverse threats to international peace and security. Since its inception, peacekeeping has contributed to preventing and managing violent conflict between and within States and to the support of national actors in protecting and building peace after conflict. Today, with over 116,000 personnel deployed in 15 missions, the scale of the United Nations’ involvement in peacekeeping operations is unprecedented and the diversity of mission mandates has the diversity of mission mandates requires the UN to deliver on an ever-increasing number of tasks.
The goal of this course is to review the organization of peacekeeping operations by providing an overview of the framework in which they are developed, studying their overall structure, and discussing the roles and responsibilities of the different actors involved.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define the framework of UN peacekeeping operations
- Explain the procedures for the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation
- Analyze the key factors that enable the effective implementation of an operation's mandate
- Summarize key standards of conduct and discipline for UN peacekeepers.