What the Pandemic Means for UN Peacekeeping Work

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Coronavirus could result in an understaffing of peacekeepers. Pictured: Officers from the Indonesian contingent of the African Union-United Nations Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) during a ceremony for the 2010 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, in El Fasher, Sudan. (United Nations Peacekeeping)

COVID-19 poses major challenges for people and governments around the world and for the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global cease-fire on March 23 in recognition of the pandemic’s potentially devastating effects on people in conflict-affected nations.

But less noticed in the press coverage was the important point that cease-fires would allow for a more effective response to the virus by UN peacekeeping operations.

On April 7, the UN 

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