Year in Review: United Nations Peace Operations, 2012

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No day is quite the same in the life of a peacekeeper and working in the field has its demands and rewards. Peace operations continue to evolve with more robust and multidimensional mandates requiring expertise in human rights, justice, rule of law, security and political diplomacy, to name a few. The Year in Review features the activities of the UN Peacekeeping Missions in 2012, highlighting the successes and challenges that emerge throughout the year. It looks at how these challenges-- many times unforeseen, always under difficult conditions --are met by the peacekeepers on the ground as they work towards maintaining peace and security, protecting civilians, and providing support to fragile societies and governments in a post-conflict setting.



UNSCOL (Lebanon): Maintaining stability in Lebanon

Derek Plumbly took the post of United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon in February 2012 at a challenging time, as the war in neighbouring Syria began to increasingly affect Lebanon. As head of the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and in conjunction with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), he engaged with all parties to support the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel, in line with Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006). The situation in the south of the country remained relatively calm. Lebanon’s borders with Syria, however, saw an increase in crossborder violence, the smuggling of people and weapons and a growing flow of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country.


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