Plug and Play: Multinational Rotation Contributions for UN Peacekeeping Operations

On May 19th, IPI together with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) cohosted a policy forum event to launch the report “Plug and Play: Multinational Rotation Contributions for UN Peacekeeping Operations,” which was recently published by NUPI and IPI with funding from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence.

In 2016, Norway spearheaded the multinational rotation contribution (MRC) of a C-130 transport plane to MINUSMA, together with Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden. This innovative partnership seeks to complement traditional force generation by enabling a predictable and cost-effective supply of capabilities to UN peace operations.

With a keynote address by Norway’s Minister of Defence, H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, speakers discussed the concept of MRCs, outlining early lessons from Norway’s rotation, which concluded in November 2016, and providing key recommendations on the broader applicability of MRCs in the context of UN peacekeeping reform. How can smaller nations better cooperate and coordinate joint peace efforts? How can the MRC model lower the threshold and increase the incentives for member states to contribute? What are some key features that make MRCs work?

Keynote Address:
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defence, Norway

Arthur Boutellis, Director, Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, International Peace Institute
Jean-Paul Deconinck, Force Commander, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Jorge Torres, Military Adviser, Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations
Adrian Foster, Deputy Military Adviser, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute

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