The United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS)

“A UN Emergency Peace Service is both an idea and an initiative to address the UN’s four biggest longstanding challenges, which, currently, it can’t manage. It’s a multidimensional—meaning: military, police, and civilian—and it’s multifunctional. It’s designed for diverse tasks—four tasks, primarily: prevention, protection, rapid deployment, and addressing human needs in complex emergencies.


To date, we’ve left too much to too little. Worse than the six to twelve months deployment time, it also takes now two to three years simply to establish a UN base and mission headquarters; which is a ludicrously long amount of time, you can imagine.

When a conflict erupts, it’s best to nip it in the bud before it escalates, spreads, and becomes far larger and more violent. Well, we don’t have that capacity, and UNEPS is really designed to address it.”

— Dr. Howard Peter Langille


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General information

2006. Robert C. Johansen (ed.), A United Nations Emergency Peace Service: To Prevent Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

1995. Government of Canada, Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations

2001. Report from the NGO-Government Dialogue Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the UN: Taking Stock

2000. United Nations, Lakhdar Brahimi (dir.), Report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (aka The Brahimi Report)

Justine Wang, “A Symposium on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: The Challenge of Prevention and Enforcement”

Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict (NGO)

World Federalists—Canada (NGO)

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