UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

On 20 February 2015, the Global Governance Institute (GGI) supported the European regional consultations of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, representing the CRN network.

The Secretary-General established the Panel in October 2014 to undertake an assessment of the state of UN peace operations, and the emerging needs of the future. The review will include both peacekeeping operations and special political missions. The Panel includes 17 members with a wide range of experience and expertise. Attached please find a Briefing Note on the Panel. The Panel will present its final report to the Secretary-General of the UN by mid 2015.

As part of its assessment, the Panel engaged with Member States, academics, think tanks and civil society in various regions of the world, including Europe. The European consultation, co-organized by GGI, together with the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF, Berlin), was held on 20 February at the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, 8, Brussels. Six panel members were present and engaged in the discussions, as were representatives from more than 40 member states.

The main purposes of the consultations were to:

  • Listen to Member State views and concerns regarding the current state of UN peace operations, the challenges and opportunities going forward, and suggestions for consideration;
  • Interact with Governments, academia, think tanks and civil society on all aspects of peace operations, including prevention and peace-making; and
  • Examine, in the particular context of peacekeeping operations, the experience and perspectives of these countries as troop- and police-contributing countries.

The Brussels consultation offered an important opportunity for the network to engage to and share their views with representatives of Member States.

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