United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS)

WFM-Canada is part of a growing network of organizations supporting creation of a permanent standing UN Emergency Peace Service – encompassing civilian, police, judicial, and military personnel.

Key documents

UNEPS Backgrounder (February 2017)

Peacekeeping challenges require standing, not just standby, capacities: Time for a United Nations Emergency Peace Service A submission to: The High-level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations, by Dr. H. Peter Langille on behalf of WFM-C. March 2015

 

Recently added

UK Labour supports a United Nations Emergency Peace Service by H Peter Langille (August 15 2018)

Preventing Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: One Innovation and New Global Initiative, by H Peter Langille (book chapter), 2009

A Preliminary Blueprint of the Long-Term Options for Enhancing UN Rapid Reaction Capability, by Peter Langille, Maxime Faille, Carlton Hughes, and James Hammond (chapter in UN Rapid Reaction Capabilities: Requirements and Prospects, from the Lester B Pearson International Peacekeeping Training Centre), 1995

 

Endorsements of the UNEPS proposal


2016

Sustainable Common Security, by Peter Langille (Mondial, December 2016)

A shift to sustainable peace and common security (Rideau Institute)

How the UN could develop an Emergency Peace Service – and why it should, by Peter Langille (Open Democracy, September 28, 2016)

Peter Langille: UN peace operations need Canada’s expertise (Rideau Institute, September 17, 2016)

Will we get around to abolishing war before it destroys us (The Hill Times, May 25, 2016)

Book Summary: Developing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service: Meeting Our Responsibilities to Prevent and Protect (Mondial, April 2016)

Re-engaging Canada in United Nations peace operations, by Peter Langille (Policy Options politiques, August 10, 2016)

Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Submission to the 2016 Defence Policy Review


2015

Team UN, World Police: Why we need an emergency peace service, by Peter Langille, The Conversation, May 29, 2015

Improving R2P: Some Modest Proposals, by Robin Collins, in ePlomat, April 2015.

Responsibility to Protect and the Anti-Interventionists, by Robin Collins, in ePlomat, April 2015.


2014

Improving the United Nations Capacity for Rapid Deployment International Peace Institute, October 2014, by H. Peter Langille
“This report reviews eight initiatives designed to help UN peace operations to deploy rapidly, providing a list of criteria to assess and improve on each. Progress is evident in the standby arrangements system (UNSAS), the formed police unit standby initiative, the standing police capacity, the new system for reimbursements and premiums, the Global Field Support Strategy, and partnerships for rapid deployment. However, there are inherent limitations, particularly in conditional standby arrangements.”

Paul Rogers: Syria, A Vital Proposal, Online at OpenDemocracy, February 2014.
“The Geneva conference offers little hope of a breakthrough to halt Syria’s nightmare. This makes a different approach all the more urgent.”


2013

Global Policy Responses: Shouldn’t UNEPS Advocacy Be Front and Centre? “A recent workshop on rapid reaction missed an opportunity to embrace and advance the proposal for a U.N. Emergency Peace Service.”  By Robin Collins – November 2013, Response to report below.

“Peacekeeping and Rapid Reaction: Towards the Establishment of Cosmopolitan Capacities for Rapid Deployment” by David Curran, Melina Lito, Jonathan Gilmore and Catherine Jones: Report.


2012

A UN Emergency Peace Service? By H. Peter Langille, May 2012.  Online at Open Security

UNEPS Backgrounder, (WFMC/GAPW) May 2012

Preparing for a UN Emergency Peace Service, by H. Peter Langille, FES Perspective, August 2012


2011

Letter sent to UN Missions: World Federalist Movement – Canada and Global Action to Prevent War release global sign-on letter supporting a UN Emergency Peace Service, June 2011. A global sign-on letter supporting a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) was sent to UN Missions prior to the July 12 General Assembly interactive dialogue on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

UNEPS Backgrounder, May 2011

World Federalist Movement – Canada and the Group of 78 co-sponsored a forum on “Peacekeeping, Responsibility to Protect and Civilian Protection: ‘Third Pillar’ Contributions and the Rationale for a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS)” with Bob Zuber, Director of Global Action to Prevent War. Dr. Zuber’s PowerPoint presentation is available here.


2009

Fixing Darfur: UNEPS; Article by Peter Langille, printed in Globe and Mail, April 25, 2009.

Preventing Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: One Innovation and New Global Initiative, by H Peter Langille (book chapter)


2008

UNEPS: Equip the UN to Do Its Job! World Federalists call for United Nations Emergency Peace Service. WFMC Press Release, December 1 2008

2008 HANNA NEWCOMBE AWARD presented to Dr. Peter Langille: World Federalist Movement – Canada presented its 2008 Hanna Newcombe Award to Dr. Peter Langille: “In appreciation for all your efforts in support of more effective United Nations peace operations”. Dr. Langille is one of Canada’s foremost experts on United Nations peace operations. He served in a task force at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in the mid-1990s developing Government of Canada proposals for a United Nations rapid reaction capability. Between 1990 and 1994, Peter led an initiative that subsequently developed into the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre. He continued his work at the University of Victoria and the University of Western Ontario. As an independent writer and consultant living in London, Ontario, he maintains a focus on UN peacekeeping issues, particularly efforts to create a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). [First Day Issue Of UNEF Stamp, framed as party of the award: Enlarged.]


2007 and prior

Making Prevention Feasible: A United Nations Emergency Peace Service?  A proposal & recent global initiative to address our five big challenges in preventing and managing armed conflict by Dr. H. Peter Langille, 2007

A United Nations Emergency Peace Service: To Prevent Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict, 2006

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:  A Symposium on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (Conference Report), 2003

Bridging the Commitment-Capacity Gap: Existing Arrangements and Options for Enhancing UN Rapid Deployment, by Peter Langille, 2002

Report from the NGO-Government Dialogue: Towards a Rapid Reaction Capacity for the UN: Taking Stock (Ottawa, November 19, 2001, WFC/UNA-C/CPCC)

Renewing Partnerships for the Prevention of Armed Conflict: Options to Enhance Rapid Deployment and Initiate a UN Standing Emergency Capability, Peter Langille (2000)

Brahimi Report: Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations, 2000

Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations, Government of Canada, September 1995. English version;  (reduced size version) / En Français; (Reduced SizeVersion)

A Preliminary Blueprint of the Long-Term Options for Enhancing UN Rapid Reaction Capability, by Peter Langille, Maxime Faille, Carlton Hughes, and James Hammond (chapter in UN Rapid Reaction Capabilities: Requirements and Prospects, from the Lester B Pearson International Peacekeeping Training Centre), 1995