Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

Peacekeeping during pandemics: how the UN can be part of the solution (03.06.2020)

Even at the best of times, peacekeeping is a dangerous, difficult job. In the age of COVID-19, United Nations peacekeepers must navigate not only bullets and bureaucratic red tape, but also a deadly virus. Following the May 29 announcement of the first two deaths of peacekeepers from COVID-19, one...

COVID-19: NATO in the age of pandemics (31.05.2020)

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on the international strategic environment, notions of threat and security, the evolution of warfare and other key areas? What concerns do all of these issues create for NATO as a politico-military alliance? In the seven chapters of this publication,...

Security Council: Paralysis and ‘political infighting’ must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief (27.05.2020)

The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the “infighting”, and step up to the challenge, the European Union’s foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday. Josep Borrell said the novel coronavirus crisis –...

On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations (26.05.2020)

Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

Policing the pandemic: how UN Police are maintaining law, order, and public health (22.05.2020)

In several countries afflicted by years of armed conflict, The UN assists with law and order issues, including policing expertise. This work is being challenged, as never before, by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview with UN News, Luis Carrilho, head of the UN Police Division, describes how...

UN peacekeeping and the protection of civilians in the COVID-19 era (21.05.2020)

[…] Protection threats are expanding and aggravating in the time of the pandemic. COVID-19, and the measures put in place to limit its propagation, exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, create new protection needs, and hamper the capacities of protection actors operating in conflict zones. UN...

COVID-19 shows crucial role of the UN, says next General Assembly President (15.05.2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ‘crucial role’ of the UN and its agencies, according to the veteran Turkish diplomat and parliamentarian who, as the only candidate for the top job, is slated to lead the historic 75th session of the General Assembly which begins in September.