Citizens for Global Solutions
More than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) urged Members of Congress today to co-sponsor H. Res. 213, the resolution calling for the establishment of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). As envisioned, UNEPS would be capable of intervening in the early stages of civil conflicts, genocides or other humanitarian crises.
() H. Res. 213 was introduced by Reps. Albert Wynn (D-MD) and James Walsh (R-NY) and currently has 24 co-sponsors. In a recent letter to their colleagues in the House, Wynn and Walsh noted, f the United Nations Peace Service (UNEPS) that we propose were in existence today, the people of Darfur would be already enjoying the protection of a well-trained peacekeeping unit capable of accomplishing its mission.
() As proposed by a global coalition of academics, defense specialists and peace organizations, UNEPS would individually recruit, train and employ 12,000 - 18,000 individuals with a wide range of skills, including civilian police, military, judicial experts and relief professionals. It would be a permanent U.N. integrated mission with expertise in peacekeeping, conflict resolution, environmental crisis response and emergency medical relief. Upon Security Council authorization, UNEPS would be available to respond to a crisis within 48 hours.
Coordinated by Citizens for Global Solutions, a non-partisan foreign policy advocacy organization, the NGO letter states: n recent years, the international community has been increasingly called upon to respond rapidly and effectively to emerging crises, yet lacks the tools to consistently answer this call. We believe the time has come for a permanent emergency response service, designed to complement the capacity of the United Nations to provide stability, peace, and relief in deadly emergencies.r
By intervening in the early stages of urgent situations, UNEPS could help prevent their escalation into national or regional disasters. It is a tool that the international community desperately needs in order to fulfill its responsibility to protect. Last spring, Chads government requested a U.N. deployment of peacekeepers to slow the spillover of violence from Darfur. However, while the U.N. struggled to prepare the mission, Chads government backed away from the request.r
The full letter to Congress is available at: