The 24th UN Senior Mission Leaders' (SML) Course was held in Beijing by the Challenges Forum Partner, the Peacekeeping Centre of the Ministry of National Defence of China, and the Integrated Training Service of UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations between 6-17 June 2016.
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, Sweden 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 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?