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PK Salon: First Question

As Bill Durch aptly points out in the paper (pdf), the surge in UN peacekeeping has been neither met by commensurate increases in the number of staff in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), nor by commensurate increases in the funding streams available to DPKO. Is peacekeeping reaching its breaking point? Is there a future for UN peacekeeping? If so, what can be done to boost peacekeeping’s capacity to deal with the multitude of challenges it faces?

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PK Salon: First Question

As Bill Durch aptly points out in the paper (pdf), the surge in UN peacekeeping has been neither met by commensurate increases in the number of staff in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), nor by commensurate increases in the funding streams available to DPKO. Is peacekeeping reaching its breaking point? Is there a future for UN peacekeeping? If so, what can be done to boost peacekeeping’s capacity to deal with the multitude of challenges it faces?

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UN Dispatch Salon: UN Peacekeeping’s Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administration

On January 20, 2009, the next President will have a unique opportunity to create a new global agenda for the United States and right the course of America’s foreign policy. William Durch, from the Stimson Center, has published a paper (pdf), through the Better World Campaign, that discusses the importance of confronting the challenges and opportunities of UN peacekeeping through that agenda.

To foster that discussion, UN Dispatch and Foreign Policy Passport are hosting an online salon, in which the following have graciously agreed to participate:

  • David Bosco
  • William Durch
  • Tod Lindberg
  • Mark Malan
  • Eric Reeves

Mark Goldberg and Blake Hounshell, the Web editor at Foreign Policy, will moderate.

Over the next few days, they will discuss Bill’s ideas, as well as their own. We hope you will join this discussion too. You can submit comments, subscribe to the salon RSS feed, bookmark the salon archive, or submit your own ideas on OnDayOne.org. Enjoy.

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UN Dispatch Salon: UN Peacekeeping’s Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administration

On January 20, 2009, the next President will have a unique opportunity to create a new global agenda for the United States and right the course of America’s foreign policy. William Durch, from the Stimson Center, has published a paper (pdf), through the Better World Campaign, that discusses the importance of confronting the challenges and opportunities of UN peacekeeping through that agenda.

To foster that discussion, UN Dispatch and Foreign Policy Passport are hosting an online salon, in which the following have graciously agreed to participate:

  • David Bosco
  • William Durch
  • Tod Lindberg
  • Mark Malan
  • Eric Reeves

Mark Goldberg and Blake Hounshell, the Web editor at Foreign Policy, will moderate.

Over the next few days, they will discuss Bill’s ideas, as well as their own. We hope you will join this discussion too. You can submit comments, subscribe to the salon RSS feed, bookmark the salon archive, or submit your own ideas on OnDayOne.org. Enjoy.

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World Food Program Faces $750 million Shortfall

This is pretty bad news. In February, the World Food Program predicted that it would need an additional $500 million to feed all the 73 million people that depend on WFP food aid. Food prices have risen so sharply since then, the WFP has had to re-calculate its costs. Today, the WFP is asking for an additional $750 million to the $2.9 billion for which it has already asked. From the UN News Center:

In late February, WFP announced that it required an additional $500 million, on top of its original appeal for this year of $2.9 billion, to carry out its efforts, but surging food prices have led WFP to revise that figure upwards to $756 million.

The cost of rice in Thailand, for example, swelled from $460 per ton on 3 March to $780 five weeks later.

WFP warned that prices could rice even higher. “We are not looking at a picture anymore, we are watching a movie,” the agency’s Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva today. To date, $900 million has been received towards WFP’s original appeal.

Read more.

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World Food Program Faces $750 million Shortfall

This is pretty bad news. In February, the World Food Program predicted that it would need an additional $500 million to feed all the 73 million people that depend on WFP food aid. Food prices have risen so sharply since then, the WFP has had to re-calculate its costs. Today, the WFP is asking for an additional $750 million to the $2.9 billion for which it has already asked. From the UN News Center:

In late February, WFP announced that it required an additional $500 million, on top of its original appeal for this year of $2.9 billion, to carry out its efforts, but surging food prices have led WFP to revise that figure upwards to $756 million.

The cost of rice in Thailand, for example, swelled from $460 per ton on 3 March to $780 five weeks later.

WFP warned that prices could rice even higher. “We are not looking at a picture anymore, we are watching a movie,” the agency’s Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva today. To date, $900 million has been received towards WFP’s original appeal.

Read more.

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