Peacekeeping in the shadow of Covid-19 era

Author
Richard Gowan, Louise Riis Andersen
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Danish Institute for International Studies
Abstract
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. Recommendations 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.
Topic
United Nations, Peacekeeping, UN Security Council, COVID-19
Political Geography
Global Focus