Applying Sustaining Peace Workshop Series: The Liberian Transition and Lessons for Sustaining Peace

Traditional Liberian dancers perform during a farewell for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized by the NGO Liberia Crusaders for Peace in Monrovia.

© UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The importance of sustaining peace during "transition" periods is recognized in the UN twin peacebuilding and sustaining peace resolutions, which note the need for a "longer-term perspective required for sustaining peace being reflected in the formation, review and drawdown of peacekeeping operations and special political mission mandates."

In February 2018, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, International Peace Institute, and NYU Center on International Cooperation convened the seventh workshop in the Apply Sustaining Peace series, which focused on the lessons learned thus far from Liberia's relatively smooth democratic transition, experiences with the drawdown of UNMIL and the increasingly important role of the UN Country Team (UNCT) and other actors in Liberia and the broader region. 

Participants included representatives from UNMIL, the UN Country Team, DPKO, UNDP, PBSO, EOSG, Member States, and civil society organizations based in New York and South Africa. 

Read the full report here. 

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Apr 16, 2018