The Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations emphasizes “the primacy of politics” to conflict resolution.The phrase, popularized by the 2015 High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) is now standard UN language. But what is the main political problem that Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) is supposed to solve?
The UN will not be able to conduct robust operations or any proper operations where terrorism exists if it does not change the way it considers military affairs. If there is not stronger integration between the civilian, the police and the military, there will be no serious intelligence produced for those missions for the security of its personnel; there will be no proper and secure support given to peacekeepers in dangerous and remote areas; and there will be no adequate and reactive medical support for all personnel.
On 16 January the Challenges Forum was invited by the UN Secretariat to brief the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) on the recent Challenges Annual Forum (CAF18) in Stockholm last November. CAF18 focused on ‘Action for Peacekeeping: Strengthening the Effectiveness of Future Peace Operations’ and resulted in a number of recommendations on what needs to be done and how to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) agenda.
On November 28-29, the Challenges Annual Forum 2018 was organized by the Challenges Partners Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Swedish Armed Forces in Stockholm in support of the UN Secretary-General's initiative Action for Peacekeeping (A4P).
Challenges Forum and its Partner DCAF and the United Nations Police Division held a panel discussion on police leadership in UN-led peace operations in the margins of UN Police Week in New York on 6 November 2018. The panel discussion was organised in collaboration with the Permanent Missions to the UN of the Federal Republic of Germany and Norway.
The exhibition 20 Years of United Nations Mine Action Service: Needs Driven and People Centred with a Mission to Save and Protect Lives was launched 4 April 2017 on the outer wall of the General Assembly in the Visitors' Lobby of the UN Headquarters in New York.