Peace and Security

civil affairs Handbook

Civil Affairs Handbook (DPKO/DFS)

This Handbook has been developed jointly by the Policy and Best Practices Service of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support and the Training for Peace Programme at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), with support from the Governments of Australia and Norway. It is intended as practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers on the ground, as well as an orientation for people preparing for civil affairs work. This is the first edition, which collects together existing experience and understanding about Civil Affairs work. It is intended as a platform on which to build further guidance and will be regularly updated based on input from all sources

 IAEA International Peer Review Mission on Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards Decommissioning of TEPCO’sFukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4

The Roadmap, which is scheduled for an additional update in June 2013, describes the main steps and activities to be implemented for the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS through the combined efforts of the Government of Japan and TEPCO.


Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan (UNEP / UN Country Team in Afghanistan)


Guidance chart visually illustrating Afghanistan’s natural resources:

Sustainable and equitable management of Afghanistan’s natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can contribute to peacebuilding in the country, according to a United Nations report released on 24 June 2013. The report describes how the UN and the international community can assist the Afghan Government to improve the management of natural resources in a way that contributes to peace and development on a national scale. The study, which was funded by the European Union (EU), also aims to encourage international organizations to introduce mechanisms into their projects to ensure that they do not inadvertently exacerbate conflict over natural resources.


Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/23/58, Advance Unedited Version)

The Commission found that war crimes and gross human rights violations continue to be perpetrated on an ever larger scale as the violence escalates. Crimes against humanity are being perpetrated by government forces and affiliated militias as they carry out widespread attacks against civilian populations through indiscriminate shelling, unlawful killing, torture, enforced disappearance, and sexual violence. They are systematically inflicting sieges against towns perceived as hostile, while populations have been forcibly displaced. Anti-government armed groups have also besieged towns, especially in Aleppo governorate. They are committing war crimes on an increasing scale, including extra-judicial executions, torture, hostage-taking, and pillage. The violations and abuses committed by anti-Government armed groups did not reach the intensity and scale of those committed by Government forces and affiliated militias. The commission found reasonable grounds to believe chemicals have been used as weapons, but did not identify the chemical agent, or the perpetrator. The commission remains convinced that a political settlement is the only means of stopping the violence. This report covers the period from 15 January to 15 May 2013. The findings are based on 430 interviews and other evidence, collected during this four-month period. (OHCHR Media Centre, 4 June 2013)


Security Council Concept Note: “Women and peace and security: sexual violence in conflict”

English, French & Spanish:

The Security Council held an open debate on the topic “Women and peace and security: sexual violence in conflict” on 24 June 2013. The Security Council President for the month of June, the United Kingdom, had prepared a concept note in order to help steer the discussions on the subject.


UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

Acting on the recommendations of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council decided on 2 May 2013 to establish the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) by 3 June for an initial period of 12 months, providing the United Nations “good offices” functions — and a range of strategic policy advice — in support of the Federal Government’s peace and reconciliation process.

 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 30 April 2013 (DPI/1634/Rev.144, May 2013)






 United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 30 April 2013 (DPI/2166/Rev.118, May 2013)