On 8-9 May 2016, the Challenges Forum marked its 20th anniversary with the event United Nations Peace Operations 2010: The United Nations Reviews and Their Implications for Tomorrow’s Missions. The two-day meeting in New York, co-hosted by the Permanent Missions to the UN of Armenia, Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States, focussed on the findings of recent expert and high-level reviews of UN peace operations and what they mean for future peace operations.
The Challenges Annual Forum 2015 addressed the theme of 'Institution- and Capacity-building for Peace: Implications of the UN’s Review Panels’ Recommendations for Future Missions'.
The third Forum on Security and Development was held on 5-6 April in Stockholm and co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Several Challenges Forum Partners, including the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), contributed to the organization and participated in the event. Leaders from governments, civil society and academia were invited to take part in a series of high-level panels and roundtable discussions to exchange ideas, share best practices and analyse the complex problems facing countries experiencing fragility.
The United Nations (UN) has come to understand that it is no longer possible to separate its different fields of work across i) peace and security, ii) development iii) and rule of law and human rights. These three are inextricably linked, depending on each other for sustainable peace and prosperity. The purpose of this paper is to explore what role UN peacekeeping operations can play in bringing these three very important pillars of the UN’s work together, in what today are rapidly changing global, regional and local contexts. In particular, what is the role of UN peacekeeping in institution-building across all of its mandated areas of responsibility? How does the UN work with its partners—including host governments, other UN actors and donor governments—to ensure that peacekeeping, by definition short-term interventions, contribute effectively to longer-term efforts?