Can UN Peacekeeping adapt to the new Challenges Ahead?

The High-Level Lecture by UN Assistant Secretary-General Alexander Zuev will take place on Friday, 4 May 2018, at 17:00

Location: Vesalius College, Boulevard de la Pleine (Pleinlaan) 5, 1050 Brussels (Ground Floor)

On 29 May 2018, the United Nations will celebrate the 70 year anniversary of Peacekeeping. During the last seven decades, the UN launched more than 70 blue helmet operations across the world and had to transform and adapt to the changing nature of war and security as well as to internal and external challenges. Recent developments, such as the atrocities in Syria, instability in Mali and the Central African Republic, but also geopolitical changes, budget cuts and UN-internal challenges of reform confront the UN peacekeeping system with unprecedented challenges.

The Global Governance Institute, in cooperation with Vesalius College, has the pleasure of inviting you to a

The High-Level evening lecture with Alexander Zuev, the  UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, will focus on “Can UN Peacekeeping adapt to the new Challenges Ahead?”

Attendance is free, but registration is required HERE.


17.00: Welcome Remarks by Professor Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College and GGI’s Director

17.00 – 17.40: Lecture by UN Assistant Secretary-General Alexander Zuev: “Can UN Peacekeeping adapt to the Challenges Ahead?”, moderated by Dr. Vsevolod Samokhvalov, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Vesalius College

17.40 – 18.00: Q&A

About the Speaker:

Alexander Zuev was appointed in April 2017 as Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He joined the United Nations in 1990 and has served with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).  Since June 2016, he has been the Global Programme Manager and Special Adviser on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) with UNDP.  Before that, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan between 2011 and 2016. With UNICEF, Mr. Zuev served as Representative in Kazakhstan from 2008 to 2011, having previously held a number of managerial positions at UNICEF Headquarters, covering Central Asia and the Baltics, as well as United Nations and Intergovernmental Affairs.

During his time as Principal Adviser to the Executive Director of UNOPS (2003-2004), Mr. Zuev also served as United Nations Senior Coordinator leading development of the Interagency Post-Crisis Needs Assessment for Haiti, in Port-au-Prince.

Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked as a Dean at his alma mater, the Moscow State Institute/University for International Relations (MGIMO) while also serving in his country’s diplomatic service from 1987 to 1990, working primarily on United Nations, as well as social and economic development, issues.

Mr. Zuev graduated cum laude in 1980, also earning a Ph.D. in development economics from MGIMO in 1983.  He has authored numerous books and articles on social and economic aspects of development.

Born in 1958, he is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

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