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A galaxy of norms : UN peace operations and protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict

Published inInternational review of the Red Cross, vol. 105, no. 924, p. 1543-1567
Publication date2023-12
First online date2023-08-25
Abstract

Given the increasing size and functions of United Nations (UN) peace operations (POs) and the fact that they often operate in contexts where natural resources are degraded, POs have repercussions on the environment. Yet, there is not much literature on their obligations regarding the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts. This article provides insights into the obligations of POs in relation to armed conflict. First, it highlights POs’ customary international environmental law obligations. Second, it delves into their environmental obligations under the UN's internal rules and the host State's laws. Third, it explores obligations that arise from their mandates. In each of these sections, the article highlights the relevance and application of these obligations in armed conflicts. The last section examines the obligations of POs to protect the natural environment under international humanitarian law.

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Keywords
  • United Nations
  • Environment
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Peace Operations
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TIGNINO, Mara, KEBEBEW, Tadesse Moges. A galaxy of norms : UN peace operations and protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict. In: International review of the Red Cross, 2023, vol. 105, n° 924, p. 1543–1567. doi: 10.1017/S1816383123000322
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