Eight challenges for future operations announced by UN peacekeeping Chief: Important facts

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the undersecretary-General of United Nations for Peace Operations announced eight challenges for the future operations and asked for necessary efforts to ensure peace operations remain in a positive state.

What is United Nations peacekeeping mission?

United Nations peacekeeping is the responsibility look after by the Department of Peace Operations which is a department of the United Nations, assigned with the role of planning, preparation, management, and the direction of UN peacekeeping operations.

United Nations peacekeeping missions in India

  • United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was active in 1949 during the Kashmir conflict.
  • United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM) was active in 1965-66 during the time of the Indo-Pakistani War.

What are the challenges?

  • Achieving short-term stability is not sufficient rather it should be focused on inclusive, responsive, and transformative futures for the people.
  • To reduce the inequality that has been emerged with the pandemic, more substantive, strategic integration with development and peacebuilding is needed.
  • Deepening of amalgamation within UN peacekeeping operations, among the civilians and uniformed components as well as with the country team in the countries with rising conflicts.
  • More focus needed for the safety and security of peacekeepers and for the improvement of peacekeeping operations.
  • Strengthening of strategic guidance and planning capacities with strong objectives by the adoption of new technologies.
  • Problems of gender inequality in the working sector.

United Nations

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization, established in 1945 with the aim of maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among the nations, achieving international cooperation, etc. The current Secretary‑General of the United Nations is Mr. Antonio Guterres