Thematic Series on More Effective Peace Operations

UN peacekeeping is increasingly under strain – over-deployed, heavily-mandated and under-resourced. This state of overstretch, coupled with continuing demand for new missions, presents a fundamental strategic challenge for the UN and its members. To adapt to the challenges facing peace operations, the international community must examine options for institutional improvements in UN peacekeeping as well as strategies for responding to emerging global trends.

In support of this objective, the Center on International Cooperation and the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations are cooperating to convene a series of panel discussions to explore critical issues confronting the future of UN peace operations. The series will draw on expertise from the practitioner, NGO, academic and UN communities. It will provide a forum for candid discussion of current challenges and potential solutions.

This series builds on a similar series held through 2009 and 2010. The intention of renewing this series is to build on the lessons emanating from these early discussions to inform new strategic and operational challenges facing United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The series will be conducted throughout 2012, with each event preceded by a concept note prepared by the Center on International Cooperation and circulated to all member states. All events will be hosted at or near the United Nations in New York, and will be open to the full UN membership.

This page, which contains all of the documents from the first series of discussions, will be updated regularly to provide all of the concept notes and event summaries for this series of panel discussions.

Title

Date

Thematic Series | Building More Effective UN Peace Operations
English | French

July 2013
Protection of Civilians and Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence:
Scenario-Based Training in Peacekeeping Operations - Background Paper
 
Protection of Civilians and Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence:
Scenario-Based Training in Peacekeeping Operations - Meeting Summary
January 2013

Technological Innovations and Peace Operations - Background Paper
English | Français

Technological Innovations and Peace Operations - Meeting Summary
English 
Français

June 2012

Reflecting on the Experience of Troop Contributing Countries - Background Paper
English | Français

Reflecting on the Experience of Troop Contributing Countries - Meeting Summary

English | Français

April 2012

Defending Peacekeeping Mandates: the Use of Force - Background Paper
English 
Français

Defending Peacekeeping Mandates: the Use of Force - Meeting Summary

English Français

March 2011
Building More Effective UN Peace Operations - Full Collection
English | Français
August 2010
Building the Rule of Law - Panel Discussion May 2010
Building the Rule of Law - Background Paper May 2010
Field Support for Peace Operations - Panel Discussion March 2010
Field Support for Peace Operations - Background Paper February 2010
Towards More Inclusive Mandate-Making, More Effective Mandate Implementation January 2010 
Toward More Inclusive Mandate-Making, More Effective Mandate Implementation 
November 2009 
The Political Dimensions of Peace Operations - Panel Discussion September 2009 
The Political Dimensions of Peace Operations - Background Paper September 2009 
Summary of 26 May 2009 Launch Event 
June 2009 
Peacekeeping Overstretch:Symptoms, Causes, and Consequences
May 2009