Taking Stock of Recent Operational Reform and Adaptation in UN Peacekeeping

On Wednesday, October 28th, IPI together with the Permanent Missions of Sweden and Egypt to the UN is cohosting a panel discussion on “Taking Stock of Recent Operational Reform and Adaptation in United Nations Peacekeeping.”

Remarks will begin at 5:30am PST / 8:30am EST

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Several UN peacekeeping missions are deployed in highly complex environments, marked by stalled political agreements, significant protection challenges, direct threats to the security of peacekeepers, vast theaters of operation, and a range of partners. Many of the challenges faced by these missions underscore how contemporary armed conflict is evolving. In response, peacekeeping has had to evolve.

This panel discussion will examine how the operational capabilities of contemporary UN peacekeeping are changing, whether these reforms are yielding the desired effects, what impact these changes have on peace operations’ ability to effectively deliver on their mandates, and what more needs to be done to maintain momentum for reform. Looking ahead to the 2021 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, the meeting aims to help to inform member state commitments.

Opening remarks:
H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN

Speakers:
General Dennis Gyllensporre, Force Commander, UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of MINUSCA
Major General Jai Shanker Menon, Director, Office for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnerships
Ms. Rania Dagash, Chief of the Policy and Best Practices Service, Department of Peace Operations
Amb. Ihab Awad, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt (confirmed in principle)

Moderator:
Mr. Jake Sherman, IPI Senior Director of Programs