24 May 2012
“Peacekeeping as a Global Partnership”
What was the main topic of this Briefing?
This Briefing was held in observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29th May) called for by General Assembly resolution A/RES/57/129 adopted on 11 December 2002. Panellists focused on the importance of global partnership in keeping international peace.
Key points raised by our panel included:
• The need for more women to be included at all levels of the peacekeeping and peace building process within the U.N. system and particularly around “the peace table.”
• The recognition that a key role that peacekeeping plays in conflict areas is to create stability so that NGOs and other partners coming in to give assistance have a secure space to work.
• The acknowledgement that there needs to be a balance between peace and justice imperatives in peacekeeping and that in this context the UN has a unique and specific role to play as a coordinator with diverse partner organizations [both within and outside of the UN system, all of whom have their own cultures,] in peace building efforts on the ground.
• The need for all actors to be able to work with governments in conflict situations particularly around issues of security, justice and jobs as well as education.
• The importance of the Department of Peace Keeping Operations being aware of the potential for creating negative environmental impact where missions are deployed; and the need to organize missions in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
• The need for UN Peacekeepers and NGOs to better engage local communities in post-conflict situations in order to more effectively respond to their specific needs.
Who were the panellists?
• Oliver Ulich, Head of the Partnerships Team in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support.
• Kieran Dwyer, Chief of Public Affairs for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support.
• Surendrini Wijeyaratne, Oxfam International, Humanitarian and Conflict Policy Advisor in New York.
This Briefing was attended by 84 NGO representatives. A question and answer period followed the panel discussion.