United Nations Emergency Peace Service
Partners in the UNEPS project
(i) Caritas Australia
Caritas Australia belongs to an international network called Caritas Internationalis - a network of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, in over 200 countries and territories. Caritas upholds that a grassroots commitment to peace should involve young people: their values, language, understanding of cultures and politics
(ii) Global Action to Prevent War
Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) is a transnational network dedicated to practical measures for reducing global levels of conflict and to removing the institutional and ideological impediments to ending armed conflict and severe human rights violations.
GAPW established a comprehensive programme for effective conflict prevention, with the UN at its centre. The creation of UNEPS is one of GAPW’s priority programme points.
Peacekeeping and peace enforcement in Africa: The potential contribution of a UN Emergency Peace Service by Annie Herro, Wendy Lambourne and David Penklis
UNEPS Publication 1 (2006)
UNEPS Publication 2 (2009)
UNEPS in the media in Australia
* Love Thy Neighbour
29 May 2008, by Annie Herro and Stuart Rees
* Transcript of Perspective on ABC Radio National
8 November 2006, by Annie Herro and Stuart Rees
* Problems in the Pacific: Who You Gonna Call?
Centre for Policy Development
29 September 2006, by Annie Herro and Stuart Rees
*Right to Protection: Whose Responsibility and How?
Caritas Australia, in collaboration with the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies (DPACS) at the University of Sydney and Global Action to Prevent War, New York, hosted a one day workshop on Thursday, 4th September, 2008 called the Right to Protection: Whose Responsibility and How?
*Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection Workshop: Jakarta, Indonesia, June 11 2009
The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies in cooperation with Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies recently hosted a regional workshop on "Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection" in Jakarta. The workshop engaged government, civil society, UN and ASEAN decision makers and focused on the following:
- Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific perspectives on civilian protection and the possible role of a standing UN peacekeeping service.
- The impact of Southest Asia and Asia-Pacific norms, language, politics and culture on proposals for UN peacekeeping reform.
Over 45 participants from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia took part in highlighting and assessing civilian protection/human security goals, regional conflict prevention and resolution strategies (including case studies focused on Aceh, Mindanao and Burma), and the feasibility of new peacekeeping capacities such as UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). Please click here for photos and a more thorough description of the workshop.
What is DPACS' involvement with the UNEPS proposal?
With the support of Caritas Australia and Global Action to Prevent War, DPACS has embarked upon an ambitious research and advocacy project on establishing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).
The UNEPS project has two goals:
Empirical: Examine what aspects of the UNEPS proposal facilitate or hinder the creation of a UN Emergency Peace Service in the South East Asia-South Pacific region.
Advocacy: Establish a network of individuals, organizations and states in the South East Asia, South Pacific region that would be well informed about UNEPS and could thereby contribute to its development and promotion.
For more information on UNEPS, see the UNEPS Secretariat Global Action to Prevent War