The Challenges Forum Partner, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, hosted the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting, 27-28 July 2015, as part of the Force Generation initiative launched at the Peacekeeping Summit 2014 in New York. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the support to, and explore possible future contributions from, countries in the Asia-Pacific region providing peacekeepers to the UN.
A Challenges Forum Workshop on ‘Strategic Communications for the New Era of Peace Operations’ was co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), in close consultation with the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support, in Washington DC on 23 June 2015.
As conflicts worldwide increasingly include sophisticated information warfare, the United Nations needs to build smart public communications strategies into every peacekeeping mission it deploys. This problem and concrete steps to solve it were the focus of a Challenges Forum workshop that was webcast on June 23.
The Challenges Forum report Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations continues to be used as core course material for participants of the Senior Mission Leaders course (SML).
With more than 123,000 civilian, military and police peacekeepers serving
in UN missions around the world, peacekeeping is
currently at an all-time high, both in terms of numbers and the breadth
and width of mission mandates. And as with any other business, with
more investments and investors come more demands for being able to
present results, as well as to ensure that there are effective mechanisms
in place for capturing and integrating lessons learned in future plans and
operations. It is therefore no surprise that increasingly UN Member States
and the international community at large call for more accountability and
transparency of operations in order to measure the return on their financial
and human investments in today’s missions.
In the past twenty years policing and police reform have become integral to international peace operations. UN Police mandates are increasingly more complex and operational environments less stable. At the same time, many of the doctrinal fundamentals for international police peacekeeping at the operational and tactical level are absent or remain work in progress. As a consequence, policing in peace operations needs especially strong leadership.