Challenges Forum visits Peace Operations in Colombia

With the purpose of exploring the specific challenges and opportunities of Special Political Missions (SPM) regarding leadership and management, an area of strategic priority of our Partnership, the Challenges Forum International Secretariat (CFIS) made a visit to Colombia on October 9-13.

Dr. Björn Holmberg, Director of CFIS, engaged in dialogue with the senior mission leadership of the “UN Verification Mission in Colombia” and the “Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia” (MAPP) of the Organization of American States (OAS). This dialogue helped to reveal several aspects related to leadership in the area of primacy of politics, training and preparation of leaders and leadership teams, as well as how to handle logistic and administrative challenges. The input will help the Challenges Forum to further develop its guidance.

Furthermore, CFIS also participated in a UN field visit to the Department of Meta, which helped bring in perspectives from women and men in a marginalized community, but also state representatives and former combatants.

UN field visit to the Department of Meta