New York Launch: Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations

On 26-28 January 2015, the Challenges Forum Partnership handed over the report Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; and gathered high level officials, practitioners and other key stakeholders for a high-level seminar on the findings of the report.

The launch seminar gathered high-level participants and started with the formal handing over of the Report to the Secretary-General. The report was presented by the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Margot Wallstrom. The presentation was followed by a high-level seminar with the aim to discuss the report findings, and the implementation of the recommendations identified in the report.

The presentation and seminar was hosted by the Permanent Representatives of Japan, Nigeria and Sweden to the United Nations. The Challenges Forum is most thankful to the government of Japan for the generous funding of this event.

Dr Istifanus Zabadi, Dean, African Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria

In 2012-2014, the Challenges Forum Partnership has explored four thematic areas that were initially suggested by the UN DPKO: Peacekeeping under New Conditions (co-led by the Center for International Peace Operations, Germany and the United Service Institution, India); Policies, Principles and Guidelines (co-led by the National Defense University, Pakistan and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, United States); Authority, Command and Control (co-led by the Ministry of Defense, France and the National Defense College, Nigeria)and Impact Assessment and Evaluation (co-led by the Institute for Security Studies, South Africa and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Canada).

The report ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations’  is the conclusion and final outcome of the undertaken efforts of the work strands. This report is a common effort by the Challenges Forum Partner Organizations and dedicated individuals within these organizations, who have given their time, intellectual knowledge and financial support to complete this project.

The Executive Summary Report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.