Peacekeeping in Africa: Fostering Partnership

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Ghana, the United Kingdom and Norway, IPI, and Wilton Park, will convene a half-day conference on the theme “Peacekeeping in Africa: Fostering Partnership and Synergies.” The event took place from 10am to 1pm in the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York on Tuesday, November 12th.

The main purpose of the dialogue was to support the shared commitment to address the challenges facing peacekeeping, focusing on the African Continent, and to build political momentum between partners. The meeting provided an opportunity to present policy recommendations in support of current peacekeeping challenges including: reinforcing UN-Africa peace and security partnerships, ensuring the long-term impact of peacekeeping missions and increasing cooperation with African regional and sub-regional security frameworks. The event brought together key stakeholders, including member states, the African Union, African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), think tanks, and other international partners. The meeting was open to the participation of all member states.

The conference was followed by a working lunch on “Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.”

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Background and Rationale: Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations

UN Peacekeeping remains one of the most essential tools for creating lasting peace and responding to international crises. However, many peacekeeping missions operate in complex and volatile environments. In many contexts, violent groups pose a major threat to the successful, safe and secure implementation of mandates. At the same time, Missions need to maximize their performance and deliver multidimensional peacekeeping operations to support lasting peace, including through collaboration and partnerships between the UN and international, regional and sub-regional organizations. member states, too, need to work with partners to deliver holistic solutions that strengthen security and promote national reconciliation so that host countries can uphold the rule of law, protect human rights and deliver sustainable development for their populations. Ongoing conflict prevention efforts will also help to reduce the burden on peacekeeping missions, and reduce the need for their presence in the longer-term.

To respond to these challenges, in March 2018 the Secretary-General launched the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) Initiative, renewing the political commitment: “First, to refocus peacekeeping with realistic expectations; second, to make peacekeeping missions stronger and safer; and, third, to mobilize greater support for political solutions and for well-structured, well-equipped, well-trained forces.”

Peacekeeping in Africa: Fostering Partnership and Synergies

This event brought together stakeholders from within and outside the UN system to discuss ways to overcome these challenges, with a particular focus on partnerships. Discussion focused on the commitments under A4P, such as advancing lasting political solutions, strengthening the impact of peacekeeping on sustaining peace, improving peacekeeping partnerships, strengthening performance and accountability and implementing the women, peace and security agenda. These conversations drew upon KAIPTC’s expertise in supporting longer term approaches to security and stability.

Read more on IPI’s work on Peacekeeping Partnerships:
Lessons for “Partnership Peacekeeping” from the African Union Mission in Somalia
Toward a More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management