New report to improve UN peace operations

FBA was in New York for the launch of Challenges Forum’s new report, which was formally handed over to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström on 26 January, followed by a launching event on 27 January.

In response to the changing nature of conflict, there is a need to rethink and transform the approaches to UN peace operations. The FBA has contributed to the development of the new report ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations’, the result of a two year global effort aimed at increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and long-term impact of contemporary and future peace operations.

The report is developed by the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations (Challenges Forum), a unique network of partner organizations from all continents, including the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Since 2003, its secretariat is hosted at the FBA in Stockholm.  

– The United Nations peace operations are facing difficult challenges. Our report comes very timely and will be a valuable contribution to the ongoing UN review efforts, says Sven-Eric Söder, Director-General at the FBA.

Anna Lindh and Laila Freivalds are former Swedish foreign ministers who have had the mission, and this time it was Margot Wallström’s turn to hand over the report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on behalf of the Challenges Forum’s 21 partner organizations. A launching event was organized on 27 January, with the participation of the foreign minister.

Margot Wallström and Sven-Eric Söder also write jointly in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (27 January 2015) on how UN peace operations can be improved and strengthened.

Read more about Challenges Forum here and find ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations here.

Photo: Axel Öberg

MORE FROM HOME

Counterterrorism key to EU’s work for peace, security and development

On 11 March 2004, in the middle of rush hour, commuter trains explode at three stations in the Spanish capital Madrid. The bombings caused 2,000 wounded and 191 dead in the worst attack that has occurred in Europe in peacetime. The following year the EU adopts a strategy to combat terror.

2020-03-24 08:00

IN THE FIELD

Read our publications

Image description

An Introduction to Human Rights and Security Sector Reform

Successful security sector reform (SSR) must be guided by the understanding of people as rights-holders and the state, including core security actors, as duty-bearers in providing security as a service to the people.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA
Year:
2020

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Maria Chalhoub

    Covid-19, a mechanism for conflict resolution?

    Barely a month has passed since the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic. Yet, we are already looking at a case tally of some 1 million globally, among them no less than 55 000 deaths.

    For those of us in the conflict resolution industry, we worry not only about those conflict-ridded societies that have no infrastructure or means to cope with the outbreak, but about the potential shifting of international priorities, away from ... Read entire post »

    2020-04-06 12:23
  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    ‘May you live in interesting times – in Ukraine’

    Almost six months ago I wrote about the prospects for reform in Ukraine following the decisive election of a new president and parliament, driven by the desire of the voting public for major reform and stabilization of a country still involved in an ongoing conflict.

    Since then, the new government has frequently been tested by complex challenges at home and abroad, testing its endurance while already challenged with the immense task of reforming and restoring public trust ... Read entire post »

    2020-03-04 18:03
  • Posted by Jessica Rothman

    Peace-making and cheese-making in Georgia

    Exactly ten years had passed since I last worked in Georgia, when I returned for my deployment to the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), in the country that has a special place in my heart. I arrived with so much curiosity and excitement, wondering how Georgia had developed and recovered after the war in 2008. The first thing that struck me was the condition of the cars, where were all the dilapidated Ladas and Volgas that used ... Read entire post »

    2019-12-05 11:19
Photo

Saba Nowzari

Saba Nowzari is expert on Mali, the Middle East and women, peace and security

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

Photo

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter