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A UN peacekeeper from Uruguay interacts with a young girl during the commemoration marking the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Pan African Headquarters of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).UN peacekeeper in Cyprus

The concept of peacekeeping is not explicitly mentioned in the UN Charter. It  has evolved over time to meet the Organization's changing role in the maintenance of international peace and security.

Peacekeeping is covered in both the Repertory of Practice of the UN organs and the Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council, especially in the sections dealing with the maintenance of international peace and security and financing.

The UN Peacekeeping website provides an overview of past and current UN peacekeeping activities.

The Security Council establishes peacekeeping operations and monitors the performance of their mandates.

The General Assembly considers the financial aspects of peacekeeping and monitors the budget of the missions. 

This guide provides an overview of the primary documentation in both organs relating to the creation and execution of peacekeeping operations.

Key Resources

  • DPKO - Peacekeeping Resource Hub
    Department of Peacekeeping Operations, policy, best practices, lessons learned and training material.
  • Official Document System (ODS)
    United Nations official document system: provides full text search of documents issued since 1993; resolutions of all principal organs & Security Council plenary documents since 1946 ; older documents are added regularly. Includes the Daily Journals of New York and Geneva.
  • Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs
    Analytical studies of the decisions of the UN principal organs under each of the Articles of the Charter ; Comprehensive summary of the decisions of United Nations Organs, together with review of related material, organized by Charter Articles.
  • UN Peacekeeping - Resources
    Key resources produced by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations: reports, statistics, policies and other publications.
  • UN Yearbook
    The Yearbook of the United Nations is the principal reference work of the UN and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's activities during the course of a year. All the Yearbooks, 1945 to the most recent, are available online and provide citation to the documentation and include the full text of resolutions.
  • UN-I-QUE
    UN Info Quest (UN-I-QUE) provides citation to the symbols for documents throughout the history of the organization: each record within UN-I-QUE is historically comprehensive. UN-I-QUE does not provide citation to all documents, but to certain documents of a recurrent nature. As of 2014, the database is no longer updated.
  • UNBISnet - Bibliographic Records
    UNBISnet is the catalogue of the UN Library in New York. In addition to the library's holdings it accesses multilingual versions of UN documents (1993-present), citation to documents (1979-present) ; metadata and online links to older documents are added regularly.

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