For at least a few years, the United Nations has been facing a credibility crisis due to its lack of accountability for peacekeeper misconduct. Particularly in the case of peacekeepers bringing cholera to Haiti and peacekeepers committing sexual assault there and in African countries, many are questioning whether the UN’s presence in these countries is truly positive or even necessary.
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Has the UN lost credibility in Haiti and Africa?
Saeed Shabazz, Amsterdam News
January 14, 2015
As 2015 was coming to an end, the 193-member United Nations wrapped up its agenda with discussions and resolutions on issues in the Sahel/Western Sahara, Burundi as the African Union agreed Dec. 19 to deploy an African prevention and protection mission and Dec. 15 the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 2251, which extended the mandate of the U.N. Security Force for Abyei, South Sudan, until May 15.
According to the 2016 U.N. Security Council Report, the 15-member body will be discussing the situations in the African nations of Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan (Darfur), Libya, Central African Republic and Somalia.
In 2014, the Security Council held 88 meetings dealing with issues in sub-Saharan Africa. There were four solely dealing with the situation in Haiti, where the world body has deployed 4,577 peacekeepers as part of the mission known as MINUSTAH (U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti) since 2004 at an annual cost of $500 million.
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