ANNUAL FORUM, APRIL 2010, QUEANBEYAN
Challenges of Protecting Civilians in Multidimensional Peace Operations

The third International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations was hosted by the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence (now retitled Australian Civil-Military Centre) in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia 27-29 April 2010. The focus was "Challenges of Protecting Civilians in Multidimensional Peace Operations".

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The Forum focused on contemporary issues to enhance the protection of civilians (POC) in complex peace operations. Specifically, Challenges Forum 2010 focused on assessing the complexities, achievements and shortcomings in strengthening POC in multidimensional peace operations, and focused on identifying and proposing practical ways to enhance POC; and to address POC issues of particular concern to the international community with the aim of identifying best practices to be considered in the further development of international POC guidelines and practices for international peace operations.

In addition to representatives from the Challenges Forum Partner Organizations, key officials of international and regional organizations, national representatives in different intergovermental bodies, and a selection of leading academic and NGO representatives attended the 2010 Challenges Forum.

Speakers: Supt. Nigel Phair, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Australia
Ms Annika Hilding-Noberg, International Coordinator, Challenges Forum, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden

Maj. Gen. (Retd) Michael G. Smith, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Australia

Annika Hilding Norberg Annual Forum 2010  Smith_AnnualForum2010

Guehenno_AnnualForum2010Speakers: The Hon. Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Australia
Mr Henrik Landerholm, Director General, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden
Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Patron, Challenges Forum, Former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, France


 



Chair: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Satish Nambiar, Member, High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change / Former Force Commander, UNPROFOR / Member of Advisory Group, Security Council Report, Senior Adviser, Challenges Forum

Titov_AnnualForum2010Panel: Scope and Challenges of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
Mr Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, United Nations

 

Scope and Challenges of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
Mr Jake Sherman, Associate Director, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, United States

 

Ford_AnnualForum2010Key Issues for the Effective Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Tim Ford, Former Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations / Former Chief of Staff, UNTSO, Australia

Zeid_AnnualForum2010Chair: HRH Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States

Panel: Protection Successes, Setbacks and Challenges
HE Dr Augustine P Mahiga, Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations and Chair of the DPKO/OCHA Jointly-Commissioned Independent Study on 'Protection of Civilians' Mandates in UN Peacekeeping Operations, Tanzania

Challenges in Applying Protection Mandates
Mr Amr Aljowaily, Director of United Nations Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

 

Protection of Civilians: A United Nations Cross-Cutting Issue
Dr William Durch, Senior Associate, Henry L. Stimson Center, United States

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Beerman_AnnualForum2010Chair: Ms Sylvie-Agnès Bermann, Director, United Nations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophonie, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France

Panel: The African Union Approach to the Protection of Civilians in Darfur and Somalia
Mr Olabisi Dare, Political Analyst and Focal Point for Somalia,African Union Commission

A Field Perspective
Gen. Martin Agwai, Former Force Commander, UNAMID / Former Chief of Defence, Nigeria / Former Deputy MILAD, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Unied Nations

A Regional Approach to the Protection of Civilians in the South Pacific
Dr Lesi Korovavala, Regional Protection Liaison Officer, UNHCR Regional Office, Canberra

Introduction of Guest Speaker: Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Drennan, Australian Federal Police, Australia

Challenges for Peace and Security in Africa
Guest Speaker: Mr El Ghassim Wane, Director for Peace and Security, African Union

 

 

 

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Chair: Ms Sylvie-Agnès Bermann, Director, United Nations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophonie, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France

Speakers:Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Robert Gordon, Senior Adviser, Challenges Forum, United Kingdom
Mr Andreas Sugar, Considerations Project Coordinator, Challenges Forum, Denmark

Co-Chairs of Considerations Project Working Groups:
Maj. Gen. Muhammed Tahir, Former Deputy Force Commander, UNMIL / National Defence University, Pakistan
Prof William J. Flavin, Director of Doctrine and Concepts, U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, United Nations
Dr Ann Livingstone, Vice President, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Canada
Lt. Gen. Parmendra Singh, Director, United Service Institution of India, India
HE Ms Soad Shalaby, Director, Cairo Regional Center for Training and Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, Egypt
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Tim Ford, Adviser, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Australia
Mr Henri Boshoff, Head of Peace Missions Program, Insitute for Security Studies, South Africa

 

Holt_AnnualForum2010Chair: Ms Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State and Co-Author of DPKO/OCHA Jointly-Commissioned Independent Study on 'Protection of Civilians' Mandates in UN Pacekeeping Operations,United States

Panel: Guidance from United Nations Headquarters in Applying Protection of Civilians in United Nations Missions
Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, Director, Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training, United Nations

 

 

Strohmeyer_AnnualForum2010Ensuring a Humanitarian Approach in Applying Protection in United Nations Missions
Mr Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Policy Development and Studies Branch, United Nations

Case Study: Protecting Civilians in United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
Lt. Gen. Carlos dos Santos Cruz, Former Force Commander, MINUSTAH, Brazil

 

 

Hughes_AnnualForum2010Chair: Amb Robert Hill, Former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York, and President of United Nations Association in Australia

Panel: Policing Considerations
Police Commissioner (Retd) Andrew Hughes, Former Police Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, Australia

Military Considerations
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Patrick Cammaert, Former Division Commander, MONUC / Former Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations / Former Force Commander, UNMEE, Netherlands

Case Study:
Protection and Timor-Leste 2006
Col Brian Cox, Australian Army, Australia
 

Woudenberg_AnnualForum2010Chair: Mr Richard Towle, UNHCR Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua Guinea and the South Pacific

Panel: The ICRC Approach to the Protection of Civilians
Mr Pierre Gentile, Head of Unit in Charge of the Protection of Civilians, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

Protecting Women
Ms Anneke Van Woudenberg, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Netherlands

 

 

Montecillo_AnnualForum2010Civilian Protection in the Mindanao Conflict - An Emerging Consensus
Pastor Reu Montecillo, Chairman, Mindanao People's Caucus, Philippines

Personal Reflections on Peacekeeping
Guest Speaker: HRH Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States, Jordan

 


 

Chair: Mr Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nation

Nadery_AnnualForum2010Panel:  A Research Perspektive
Prof Charles Sampford, Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint Centre of the UN University, Griffith University, Australian National University and Queensland University of Technology), Australia

An Afghan Perspective
Mr Nader Nadery, Deputy of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan

 

Takizaki_AnnualForum2010Chair: Mr Shigeki Takizaki, Director, International Peace Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Working Group I
Protection of Civilians: Responsibilities of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretariat
Working Group II
Protection of Civilians: Responsibilities and Priorites for UN Senior Mission Leadership
Working Group III
Protection of Civilians: Military Responsibilities and Requirements
Working Group IV
Protection of Civilians: Police Responsibilities and Requirements
Working Group V
Protection of Civilians: Challenges for International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law and Human Rights Law
Working Group VI
Protection of Civilians: The Relevance of the Rule of Law

Panel: Working Groups Co-Facilitators

Chair: Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Michael G. Smith, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Australia

Challenges Forum 2010 Summary of Key Issues
Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Patron, Challenges Forum, Former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, France
   
Concluding and Looking Ahead
Ms Annika Hilding-Norberg, International Coordinator, Challenges Forum, Sweden
                                 
Shalaby_AnnualForum2010Closing Remarks by Host of Challenges Forum 2010
The Hon. Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary of Defence Support, Australia

Invitation to the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations 2011
H E Ms Soad Shalaby, Director, Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, Egypt

Concluding Remarks
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Michael G. Smith, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Australia