International day of UN peacekeepers, 29 May, was celebrated this year under the banner “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”, and last year the Secretary-General launched a new initiative “Action for Peacekeeping” or A4P through which he called on Security Council and Member States to renew their shared commitment to collective engagement with UN peacekeeping. Opinion Peace talked with Cedric de Coning about how the UN peacekeeping is re-adjusting to several challenges that undermine its ability to deliver on its mandates and to contribute to long-term, sustainable peace.
Cedric de Coning is a Senior Research Fellow with the Peace, Conflict and Development Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), where he also co-convenes the NUPI Center on UN and Global Governance. He is also a Senior Advisor for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He holds a PhD in Applied Ethics from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Recent edited books include “The BRICS and Coexistence” (Routledge, 2015); “The Future of African Peace Operations” (Zed Books, 2016); “UN Peacebuilding” (Routledge, 2016); “Complexity and Peacebuilding” (Palgrave, 2016); “UN peace Operations doctrine” (Routledge, 2017); “Rising Powers and Peacebuilding” (Palgrave, 2017); and “UN Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order” (Palgrave, 2019).
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