Partnerships in Peace Operations Focus of IPI’s 2010 Vienna Seminar

The 2010 Vienna Seminar on “UN Peacekeeping in the 21st Century: Partnerships for Peace” explored the concept and practice of partnership in peace operations. The three-days of discussions focused on the potential for renewed and expanded partnerships to respond more predictably and effectively to current and emerging peace and security challenges, including the challenges and prospects for peacekeeping.

The objectives of the seminar were: 1) to explore the evolution of multilateral peace operations over the past two decades; 2) to identify ways of strengthening partnerships among the United Nations, the African Union, NATO, OSCE, the European Union, and other regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as among major stakeholders at the UN, such as the Security Council, the Peacebuilding Commission, the Secretariat, and troop-contributing countries (TCCs); 3) to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of existing multilateral partnerships in specific aspects of peace operations, such as civilian protection, police and civilian expertise, and the transition from early-recovery to long-term peacebuilding; and 4) to facilitate the transfer of ideas, experience, and best practices in peace operations between the UN and other peacekeeping and peacebuilding actors, such as member states, NGOs and collective security and regional organizations.

A meeting note on the seminar is forthcoming.