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"Brahimi Report"
Report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (2000)

Photo of a vote being taken in the UN Security Council on 13 November 2000. On 13 November 2000, the Security Council welcomed the report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations "Brahimi Report") and unanimously adopted a wide-ranging resolution containing recommendations and decisions on peacekeeping operations proposed by its Working Group.    UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

After publishing two reports in 1999 which highlighted the United Nations failure to prevent genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and to protect the inhabitants of Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1995, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations. He asked the Panel to assess the shortcomings of the then existing peace operations system and to make specific and realistic recommendations for change. The panel was composed of individuals experienced in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

The result, known as the “Brahimi Report” after Lakhdar Brahimi, the Chair of the Panel, called for renewed political commitment on the part of Member States, significant institutional change, and increased financial support.

The Panel noted that in order to be effective, UN peacekeeping operations must be properly resourced and equipped, and operate under clear, credible and achievable mandates.

The report concluded on a hopeful note, expressing the Panel's "shared vision" of a more effective United Nations in the future "extending a strong helping hand to a community, country or region to avert conflict or to end violence … a United Nations that has not only the will, but also the ability, to fulfil its great promise, justifying the confidence and trust placed in it by the overwhelming majority of humankind."

Report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations
("Brahimi Report")

Executive Summary of the Report

Reform of peacekeeping

United Nations Global Issues - Peace and Security


Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi (Algeria) Chairman of the Panel

Mr. J. Brian Atwood (United States)

Ambassador Colin Granderson (Trinidad and Tobago)

Dame Ann Hercus (New Zealand)

Mr. Richard Monk (United Kingdom)

General (ret.) Klaus Naumann (Germany)

Ms. Hisako Shimura (Japan)

Ambassador Vladimir Shustov (Russian Federation)

General Philip Sibanda (Zimbabwe)

Dr. Cornelio Sommaruga (Switzerland)