Representatives from member states, the UN Secretariat, and other experts from civil society organizations and think tanks discussed how to apply the recommendations of the 2015 High Level Independent Panel on peace operations (HIPPO) Review in Libya at an IPI Seminar, held on October 19, 2016. This discussion was held under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution.
This event was part of a series of workshops co-organized by the International Peace Institute, Security Council Report and the Stimson Center, to examine how the recommendations related to mandating, planning, and analysis in the 2015 HIPPO report and the follow-up report of the Secretary-General can be applied to country-specific contexts.
This closed-door workshop provided an opportunity to assess the evolving situation in Libya, discuss whether the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is adequately equipped to deliver its mandate given current challenges, and discuss how the Security Council can continue to support the political process in Libya and the good offices role played by the mission ahead of the renewal of UNSMIL’s mandate in December of this year. The main conclusions from the event can be found here.
In calling for the sequencing and prioritization of mandates to ensure their achievability, both the HIPPO and the Secretary-General’s reports highlighted the importance of setting clear political objectives for missions. Participants discussed the current challenges to the political process in Libya as well as how UNSMIL, and other tools at the Council’s disposal, can be better tailored to support the efforts to reach a political settlement. Participants aimed to arrive at recommendations of how a new mandate for UNSMIL could reflect the prioritization of new objectives.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, delivered opening remarks. Ian Martin, Executive Director of Security Council Report, and Youssef Mahmoud, IPI Senior Adviser, moderated the workshop.