The A4P identifies, in addition to seven other building blocks, the improvement of partnerships. Essentially, the focus on improving partnerships is to deepen the collective commitment of the UN and relevant international organisations including the African Union (AU) to collaboration and planning.
Protection of civilians (POC) has developed into a priority mandate of UN peace operations over the past 20 years.The UN Secretariat and UN field missions have produced guidance and tools to implement the protection of civilians mandates.This brief proposes that leadership and cooperation could be important inter-linked denominators for balancing the potential tensions, and strengthening protection of civilians.
Challenges Forum's South African partner ISS hosted a Workshop for the Co-Chairs of the Task Forces for the Leadership Toolkit in Pretoria on 6-7 March 2019. The aim of the workshop was to review and validate the updated content produced by the Task Forces in the past year.
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).
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.