Governance

The Partners’ Meeting is the governing body of the Challenges Forum. Its purpose is firstly to determine the overarching and long-term goals of the partnership, and secondly to assess the Challenges Forum’s results and outcomes. The Partners’ Meeting is attended by representatives of the Challenges Forum partner organizations.

Through the inclusive deliberations at the Partner Meetings in Istanbul 2017, Stockholm 2018, and Montreal 2019, we were able to discuss and form the Challenges Forum Strategy 2019-2023

Dr. Björn Holmberg, CFIS Director
Chair of the Partner Meeting, Mr. Sven-Eric Söder, together with Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix at Challenges Annual Forum 2019 hosted by the Government of Canada in Montreal.

Chair of the Partners’ Meeting is the Director General of the Folke Bernadotte Academy. The Partner Meeting meets once a year to review progress of the implementation of the Challenges Forum long term strategy, follow up the yearly operational plan and to decide on the upcoming plan. Since 2003, CFIS is hosted by FBA in cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces and Swedish Prison and Probation Service.

Dr. Björn Holmberg, Director of CFIS since
2017, presenting Challenges Forum’s recommendation on Action for Peacekeeping to the Security Council during Indonesia’s Presidency on May 7, 2019.

Mandated by the Partner Meeting, the Challenges Forum’s International Secretariat (CFIS) is the executive body of the Challenges Forum. CFIS leads, plans and coordinates the daily work of the Challenges Forum Partnership. It is also responsible for developing the agenda and proposals for the Challenges Forum and for supporting the Partnership in reaching the strategic objectives decided by the Partners’ Meeting. The Director leads CFIS’ work and reports to the Partners’ Meeting.

The Partners Organizations Advisory Committee (POAC) is the advisory body of the partnership to the CFIS. It is lead by the Director of CFIS and presently, it consists of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa; Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC), United Service Institute (USI) of India, and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), United States of America.

In March 2019, Challenges Partner Institute for Security Studies (ISS) hosted an extended POAC meeting, where also Challenges Partners Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), Egypt and FBA – Agency for Peace, Security and Development, Sweden participated. On this occasion, POAC discussed the draft 2019-2023 Challenges Forum Strategy.
Challenges Forum Patron Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno

The Patron of the Challenges Forum is Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary-General for United Nations Peacekeeping (2000-2008). His role is to share his long-standing experience and unique expertise on peace operations with the Challenges Partnership, and to advise the Director of the International Secretariat on strategic and operational issues of relevance for the Challenges Forum.

Governance structure of the Challenges Forum Partnership

The Statues of the Challenges Forum is the Partnership Framework adopted by the Partner Meeting in 2012