Welcome to the Peacekeeping References Wiki!
Why does this website exist?
The United Nations is an extremely complex organization. Much of how the bureaucracy and intergovernmental processes work is based on a mix of tradition, mythology and a labyrinthine set of resolutions, regulations and rules. Compounding these challenges is the fact that navigation of official documentation is far from intuitive.
This website is intended to make it easier to understand the nuts and bolts of United Nations peacekeeping operations. This is not an exhaustive resource. The webmaster has taken every effort to provide references to official documents or internal policies, but this website is not an authoritative reference.
Who is this website for?
This website is primarily for the use of its creator. It has its origins in a collection of post-it notes and gradually grew to include a list of commonly-referenced documents and a set of handover notes. At some point, the creator of the website decided to translate all of these materials into a wiki format, where it would be much more easily searchable. There is little method to the madness when it comes to the order in which pages are added. The subjects covered are ones of interest to the webmaster.
Putting the material into a public wiki has the secondary benefit of allowing others to benefit from the information (and reducing the amount of time the webmaster spends fielding questions from inside and outside the United Nations about various esoteric topics).
What does the URL mean?
"Casque bleu" is "blue helmet" in French. The blue helmet has been associated with United Nations peacekeeping operations since the deployment of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in 1956.
When is this website updated?
Whenever the webmaster feels like it.
- General Assembly 2 (I) of 1 February 1946 established English and French as working languages of the Secretariat and paragraph 59 of General Assembly resolution 70/9 of 13 November 2015 established multilingualism as a core value of the Organization.
- "What is the origin of the blue helmets worn by UN peacekeepers?" Dag Hammarskjöld Library website. http://ask.un.org/faq/209615