Peacekeeping in the shadow of Covid-19 era
- Richard Gowan, Louise Riis Andersen
- Content Type
- Policy Brief
- Danish Institute for International Studies
- COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on UN peace operations. Troop rotations have been frozen, and interactions with local populations minimized. Yet the long-term economic and political consequences for peacekeeping look more severe.
UN leaders and member states should:
■ Sustain and where necessary boost funding for UN operations and other international actors to support host states’ efforts to manage the consequences of COVID-19.
■ Commit to maintaining current levels of UN deployments throughout 2020 and to ensuring that deployed personnel are not carrying COVID-19 in order to reduce uncertainty over the future of missions.
■ Offer specialists in public health management and related fields to strengthen planning within missions at UN headquarters and thus help manage the crisis.
- United Nations, Peacekeeping, UN Security Council, COVID-19
- Political Geography
- Global Focus