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Peace keeping is defined by the United Nations as a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict maintain peace and security mainly led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations DPKO REF DPKO are mainly deployed to support the implementation of a ceasefire and peace agreement however they play an active role in early peace building activities and peacemaking efforts currently there are 15 peacekeeping operations deployed in four continents and DPKO has managed to successfully monitor various ceasefire and armistice agreement and prevented isolated incidents from escalating in countries such as Cote dIvoire United Nations Operations in Cote dIvoire UNOCI has remained on the ground to protect civilians and support the Ivorian Government in disarmament demobilization and reintegration DDR of former combatants as well as on security sector reform unorg website The DPKO works closely with the Department of Field Support DFS in planning and development of peace keeping operations but it faces all the challenges of leading and planning the missions It involves the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA the Department of Political Affairs DPA and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP as they are actors already in the field to help them get an idea of the situation at the current mission UN ORG REFDuring the presentation the main impression of DPKO is that they know their duty as peace keepers and are fully aware of their flaws and are working on new reforms to address them Mr Serrano was fully informed on the agency and its missions and as an acting member in the office of the director general and a previous active member on the DPKO grounds he had great insights of what DPKO did on the ground while being critical on the reforms that DPKO needs to work on such as increasing the number of women police force defining its goals better and having adequate resources to
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