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Environmental Review of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations for Sustainability, Kivu, DR Congo
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The environmental aspects of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping is not as popularly known to the general public as its socio-economic issues. This thesis work looks at UN peacekeeping from the environmental perspective by carrying out an environmental review of peacekeeping in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo using ISO 14001 as model. Chapter one describes sustainable development as a shared responsibility and the need to ensure balance in the social, economic and environmental issues in the pursuit of peace in host nations during peacekeeping. Chapter two summarizes the key issues in ISO 14001 and the requirements for conducting an environmental review. In chapter three, the research methodology is highlighted and chapter four gives an overview of UN peace and security actions and the interaction among other peace instruments and peacekeeping. That chapter also highlights peacekeeping in Africa and in the DRC with emphasis on the North Kivu province. The results obtained from the environmental review are presented in chapter five and the analysis of the result based on the ‘three party model tool for ethical risk analysis’ presented in chapter six. The research findings revealed that, the United Nations peacekeeping operations have environmental aspects which the author identified to include emissions to air, waste, energy consumption, chemicals usage, discharge to water, training, water consumption, exploration of resources, location/land use and fire and other uncontrolled activities. The environmental impacts and ethical risk analysis of the identified aspects were also assessed. Conclusions and recommendations are given in Chapter seven which include the need for the United Nations to implement an effective environmental management system to handle its significant environmental aspects.

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University of Borås/School of Engineering , 2010.
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Magisteruppsats
Keywords [en]
environmental management system, environmental review, un peacekeeping, north kivu, dr congo, ISO 14001, sustainable development
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-20216Local ID: 2320/6895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-20216DiVA, id: diva2:1312150
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