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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.

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UNAMID (Sudan): Protection of civilians, peace process at the forefront

The conflict in Darfur is multi-faceted, complex and, like many other conflicts, does not respond to the usual prescriptions or solutions. The Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement adopted, on 14 July 2011, the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), which was considered a substantive achievement of the peace process. However, it fell short in reaching an inclusive and comprehensive resolution to the conflict, as the major Darfur armed movements held out and did not sign. To address this issue, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations adopted a joint framework based on three pillars: DDPD implementation; negotiations between the Sudanese Government and holdout groups; and Darfur internal conference and dialogue.

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