Views from the field and civil society

High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security – Views from the field and civil society

The 10 – 11 May 2016 High-level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly focused on UN, Peace and Security provided a platform to reflect on concrete ways to draw out synergies from the most recent UN peace and security reviews, including i.a. the review of UN peace operations [on the basis of both, the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Secretary-General’s report on the future of UN peace operations], the Peacebuilding Architecture Review and the Global Study on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security.

All those reviews and processes were inspired by the sense that the UN needs urgently to keep pace with evolving challenges and threats to international security. Each of the reviews has and should retain separate legislative standing and procedures. However, they contain a significant degree of substantive convergence and common policy directions. As such, they form a mutually supportive set of recommendations, which need to be translated into action within a reasonable time frame.

A number of prominent research institutions, civil society organizations, think tanks with global and regional reach have expressed the wish to contribute to this reflection and to inform the debate through workshops and meetings open notably to representatives from Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, the private sector.

True to the commitment of the General Assembly to enhance transparency and inclusiveness, the President of the General Assembly is strongly encouraging such engagement.

The organisation of those workshops and meetings as well as their outcome fall under the sole responsibility of the individual organisers.

Interview with the Global Peace Operations Review – March 23, 2016 ‘The Challenge Facing the UN in Peace and Security is how to be and be seen as truly relevant’

Interview with UN Department of Political Affairs: Playing Its Part: The General Assembly in the Maintenance of Peace and Security

Detailed information on those workshops and meetings can be found below:

 

Civil Society Dialogue Network Policy Meeting: The 2015 UN Reviews: Civil Society Perspectives on EU Implementation

WHEN: 1 February 2016
WHERE: Scotland House Conference Centre Rond-point Robert Schuman / Robert Schumanplein 6, 1040 Brussels
ORGANISER: European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), a civil society network, in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Outcome
Agenda, presentations, meeting report
Participants

 

Informal Consultation on Linking Human Rights and Peace and Security in preparation for the High Level Thematic Debate on International Peace and Security

WHEN: 12 February 2016
WHERE: Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), 13 Avenue du Mervelet, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland
ORGANISER: Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
Outcome

 

Informal Latin American consultations: High Level Thematic Debate on International Peace and Security

WHEN: 25 February 2015
WHERE: Brasilia, Ministry of Defence: Esplanada dos Ministérios
ORGANISER: the Igarapé Institute, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the Pandiá Calógeras Institute, the International Institute of Strategic Studies
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Outcome: Latin American Dialogue (English)
Resultado: Diálogo latinoamericano (Spanish)
Agenda
Concept note
Participants
Background information (Brasilia, Addis, Monrovia)

 

High-Level Workshop on: “Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture: Towards a Timely, Collective and Effective Response

WHEN: 1-2 March 2016
WHERE: Conrad Hotel – Cairo, Egypt
ORGANISER: The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
Outcome

 

Africa Regional Consultation on the UN General Assembly High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security

WHEN: 4 March 2016
WHERE: UNECA – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ORGANISER: African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Outcome
Agenda
Background information (Brasilia, Addis, Monrovia)

 

New Approaches to Peacebuilding: Practices and Policies from the Global South

WHEN: 22 March 2016
WHERE: Indonesian Permanent Mission, New York
ORGANISER: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
Invitation & Agenda

 

Partners in Reform: Rising Powers and UN Peace Operations

WHEN: 23 March 2016
WHERE: New York University, New York
ORGANISER: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Final Agenda
Background: Peace Operation report

 

The 2015 UN Reviews: Informal Asian Regional Consultation on Coordination and Implementation

WHEN: 23 March 2016
WHERE: Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, 195-15 Tianlin Road, Shanghai, China
ORGANISER: Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Concept Note
Agenda

 

UN General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace & Security Seminar “Integration and Fragmentation in Transitions from Conflict”

WHEN: 31 March 2016
WHERE: Royal Grand Hotel, Monrovia, Liberia
ORGANISER: Funded by the Danish and Norwegian governments, the Danish Institute for Internationals Studies (DIIS), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (DHF) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is organising the seminar – hosted by the Government of Liberia and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
Outcome
Background information (Brasilia, Addis, Monrovia)

Business and the United Nations Peace and Security Agenda

WHEN: 4 April 2016
WHERE: Maison de la Paix, Geneva
ORGANISER: Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the World Economic Forum
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Outcome
Concept Note
Agenda & List of Participants

 

UN Peace Operations review: Taking stock, leveraging opportunities and charting the way forward 

Informal Conference on the 2015 UN Peace and Security Reviews
WHEN: 11 April 2016
WHERE: Tursteeship Council Chamber, United Nations, New York
ORGANISER: The Permanent Missions to the United Nations of the Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, Norway and the International Peace Institute (IPI)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Outcome document
Agenda

 

The 2015 UN Reviews: What is needed to implement necessary changes – views and experiences from West Africa 

WHEN: 19-20 April, 2016
WHERE: Accra, Ghana
ORGANISER: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC)