On April 18-20 2012, The Center on International Cooperation partnered with the Kofi Annan Foundation, ECOWAS (GIABA) and the Accra-based International Peacekeeping Training Center to host a 3-day workshop on the impact of drug-trafficking and organized crime on governance, development and security in West Africa. The objective of the seminar was to:
Debate on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals has now begun in earnest. The UN Secretary General has made the agreement of new goals a centerpiece of his second term, promising to "forge consensus around a post-2015 sustainable development framework and implement it." This paper provides an overview of the MDGs and their expected status in 2015; describes the background to , and options for, a post-2015 framework; discusses the political challenges of agreeing a new framework; and sets out considerations for governments and other stakeholders.
This week, the UN General Assembly is debating a resolution proposing improvements to the Security Council's working methods, including the use of the veto. One important theme of the proposed resolution is the need to improve the ways in which the Security Council mandates, discusses and monitors peace operations. To coincide with this debate, the Center on International Cooperation is publishing a new paper by Alexandra Novosseloff and Richard Gowan entitled Security Council Working Methods and UN Peace Operations: The Case of Chad and the Central African Republic.
We are pleased to share think-pieces on the current state and future trajectories of peace operations by members of the Center on International Cooperation
In a short paper for the Center for International Peace Operations, the German think-tank, Jake Sherman and Richard Gowan argue that as NATO pulls back from Afghanistan and the UN downsizes some missions (including those in Haiti and the Congo) organizations including the AU, Arab League and ASEAN may take more responsibility for new peace operations.
The report makes recommendations designed to strengthen the capacity of countries emerging from conflict to make a successful transition to sustainable peace. These recommendations fit within a framework called OPEN: Ownership, Partnerships, Expertise and Nimble. They seek to:
Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers based in Kandahar. They have worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. This paper published by CIC, expands on the following key findings:
Recent months have seen increasing interest in the idea that Rio+20 could be the launch pad for a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). But what would SDGs cover, what would a process to define and then implement them look like, and what would some of the key political challenges be? This briefing sets out a short summary of current thinking on the issue, followed by thoughts about the way forward.