United Nations Integrated Missions and Humanitarian Assistance

United Nations Integrated Missions and Humanitarian Assistance
6 pages

Publication date
09 Jan 2008


Oxfam International

Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Notes

Policy paper

A United Nations Integrated Mission is ‘an instrument with which the UN seeks to help countries in the transition from war to lasting peace, or address a similarly complex situation that requires a system-wide UN response, through subsuming various actors and approaches within an overall political-strategic crisis management framework’. Integrated Missions are a form of civil-military structure utilised in the UN’s strategy for peacekeeping and peace enforcement, which are intended to promote coherence between the political, military, humanitarian, and development elements of UN operations. They have been used in Afghanistan, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, East Timor, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The whole of a mission is associated with the deployment of peacekeepers when the UN presence in a country takes on military operations. The perception of the mission is therefore intrinsically linked to the inclusiveness and/or legitimacy of any ongoing peace process.