United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS)
A United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) – effectively a standing ‘UN 911’ first responder for complex emergencies — is to provide immediate availability of a legitimate service to prevent armed conflict and genocide, protect civilians at risk, ensure prompt start-up of demanding UN peace operations and address human needs where others either can’t or won’t.
A proposal & global movement to address our five big challenges in preventing and managing armed conflict
UNEPS was specifically designed to help with:
- The prevention of armed conflict;
- Stopping genocide and mass atrocity crimes;
- Protecting civilians at extreme risk;
- Ensuring prompt start-up of demanding peace operations; and,
- Addressing human needs in areas where others cannot.
As proposed, it is to be:
- a permanent, integrated UN formation,
- a highly trained and well-equipped first-responder (?UN 911‘)
- ready for immediate deployment upon authorization of the UN Security Council;
- multifunctional and multidimensional (civilians, police and military);
- composed of 16,000 dedicated personnel (recruited professionals, selected, trained and employed by the UN);
- co-located at a designated UN base under an operational headquarters and two mobile mission headquarters ;
- capable of diverse assignments with specialised skills for security, humanitarian, health and environmental crises;
- at sufficient strength to operate in high-threat environments ; and
- a service to complement existing UN and regional arrangements.