Uncoordinated international peacekeeping

Other Names:
Inadequate United Nations military operations

In 1993 the crises in Somalia, Bosnia and Cambodia exposed the severe shortcomings of the UN peacekeeping forces. During a period in 1993 when there were 30 armed conflicts in the world, the UN was overwhelmed with its 13 active peacekeeping operations.


UN peacekeeping efforts are effectively programmed amateurism due to near total absence of contingency planning and a lack of centralized command and control within peacekeeping forces. The military and civilian components of the UN operations are hastily recruited, ill equipped and often unprepared.


Counter Claim:

If the UN is ill organized, under-financed and short of well-trained forces with clearly defined rules of engagement, the fault lies not with the UN but with the member governments of the Security Council who: refuse to reactivate the Military Staff Committee that previously provided military direction to its operations; ignore pleas for specially trained standby forces; fail to tackle the UN's chronic financial problems relating to its peacekeeping operations; and fail to make adequate intelligence available to the Secretary-General.


Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
04.01.2018 – 19:08 CET