"To develop the [Guidelines on Police Capacity-Building and Development], the United Nations, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and the Challenges Forum co-organised a thematic consultation in Oslo, Norway, in March 2014 which brought together more than 100 experts from Member States, regional and subregional organisations, academia and think tanks to discuss what police capacity-building and development entails.”
United Nations Policing website, 26 November 2015
"[Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] has long appreciated the valuable role that the Challenges Forum plays in bringing partners together to generate new ideas for strengthening peacekeeping. He commends the Forum for the timeliness of its latest report, which addresses a number of key issues at a critical juncture in the history of United Nations peace operations”
H.E. Mr Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
"Peacekeeping is indeed a partnership. It specifically requires not just the work of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support and our colleagues serving in our missions in the field, but also that of our partners elsewhere in the Secretariat, within the Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and specifically the Member States...Without strong and systematic coordination, cooperation and a real sense of partnership, the effective and efficient delivery of peacekeeping operations would not be possible. The Challenges Forum offers an important venue to help solidify these partnerships."
Mr Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
"I will pause and also say from the perspective of someone in Government; that what I appreciate about Challenges work over the last decade plus is that as all those that serve in Government know; once you begin work in the morning you are probably making decisions about what is happening right now. So the ability to look out and see trends, anticipate them, have longer term views of what the challenges are and pull us together and ask us to concentrate for a whole day or more is incredibly valuable; and so for that I am very thankful and grateful."
Ms Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organisation Affairs, Department of State, United States
"This is my third engagement with the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, a body that ...I am pleased to be associated with. Indeed, the development of our Office – the Office of Rule and Law and Security Institutions in DPKO – has been guided in many respects by the impressive work of this Forum... My Office has followed closely your discussions so far, and the emerging focus that is being placed on identifying solutions to the challenges of effective peace operations. In this regard, we are very impressed with the latest study – Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. The focus on support to rule of law and security institutions is most welcome, as is the approach to providing guidance on what should be done immediately and what can or should be done at later stages. It is strategic and also adaptable to local conditions on the ground, which is key."
Mr Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Department of Peacekeeping Operations / United Nations
"It is now more than 15 years since the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations was created. The rapid growth of the membership as well as the scope of the Forum discussions testify to the need, felt by many countries and institutions, to discuss and analyse the increasing complexity of peace operations and other forms of crisis management. It is a particular strength of the Forum that it has an equal number of participants from the North and the South."
H.E. Ms Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
"The International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations has since 1997 performed an important service for the international community by providing a forum for policy discussions amongst the main stakeholders of the UN peacekeeping and experts in this field. The recommendations generated through the meetings of the Forum provide useful insights into the ways and means for dealing with the challenges confronting peacekeeping today."
H.E. Mr Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
"The continuing relationship between the Challenges Forum and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is a most welcome partnership. It has spanned more than a decade serving as a mechanism to bridge an age-old dilemma: that of the practitioners being too busy to think deeply about the longer term, and of the deep thinkers being too distant from the realities of practitioners. The Challenges Forum is as an entity – a partnership I should say – that is striving to find that elusive middle ground bringing the two closer together. Bringing onboard uniquely qualified senior advisers such as Jean-Marie [Guéhenno] and former Force Commanders such as Robert Gordon is testament to your desire to help the world of research and ideas to intersect with the world of day-to-day planning and implementation in peacekeeping."
Mr Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
“I am impressed by the global nature of the [Challenges] project and the fact that all regions are represented. It reflects the development we have seen in peace operations.”
H.E. Mr Jan Eliasson, President of the United Nations General Assembly 60th Session
“The [Challenges] report’s recommendations for more cooperative and coordinated action by Member States complement our own internal initiatives to strengthen system coherence.”
H.E. Mr Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations
“[If ] we work in isolation, we won’t get far and therefore I welcome the Challenges initiative.”
H.E. Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno, United Nations Under-Secretary-General
for Peacekeeping Operations
“The Project Partners offer suggestions that will help to…develop more effective and efficient mechanisms of accountability.”
Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar, President of the United Service Institution of India
“The United Kingdom regards the Challenges project as a valuable platform to discuss new and complex aspects of peace operations which are at the heart of the UK’s Defence thinking.”
H.E. Rt. Hon. Adam Ingram, Minister of the Army of the United Kingdom
“The Challenges Project has produced valuable results through numerous exchanges of views conducted with the support of many partners. The Challenges report contains a number of useful proposals, which are expected to be implemented for the promotion of international peace and security.”
H.E. Mr Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
“The [Challenges Phase II Concluding Report]…will provide even more valuable insights into the challenges of peace operations in the 21st century. Canada… will, undoubtedly, draw on the recommendations of the report, which will assist our ongoing work in the challenging area of peace operations.”
H.E. Mr V. Peter Harder, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
“I am sure that our students, instructors and researchers will greatly benefit from the findings of the Concluding Report. In fact, I will strongly advise them to use it as a source of valuable facts and challenging ideas.”
H.E. Mr Yuri E. Fokine, Rector, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
”The Challenges Project has been able to blend creativity with experience and thoughtful studies which will be of enormous benefit to Member States. I hope…that the Challenges Project will continue into the future.”
H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations
“NATO recognises the need for strengthened civil-military cooperation and welcomes cooperation with international partners such as the Challenges Project initiative.”
H.E. Mr Adam Kobiearcki, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations