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.
The Challenges Forum International Secretariat is pleased to announce that Lt. Col. Jonny Börjesson has joined the International Secretariat on May 1, 2015 as Military and Gender Adviser, seconded from the Swedish Armed Forces.
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.
The present study Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations contains the findings of a two-year global effort aimed at increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and long-term impact of contemporary and future peace operations. The Challenges Forum Partnership focused their attention on a selection of critical areas of inquiry, offering a range of recommendations and possible solutions to the challenges identified. The themes addressed are: Peace Operations Under New Conditions; Comparative Policies, Principles and Guidelines; Authority, Command and Control; and Impact Assessment and Evaluation.