Challenges Forum Recommendations 2020

These key recommendations offer a summary of the discussions that took place as part of the Challenges Annual Forum (VCAF20). The key objective of the 2020 virtual Forum was to formulate concrete policy recommendations on ‘how’ to reform peace operations in this global context, while also identifying which actors would be best positioned to take forward such reforms.

The Challenges Annual Forum 2020 was hosted virtually from 7–11 December 2020. More than 180 participants from 23 countries, the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), regional
organisations, academia and think tanks took part in the virtual dialogue during the week, which was co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI).

The theme for the Annual Forum was Framing Peace Operations in a Changing Global Landscape. Drawing on presentations from senior UN officials, current and former UN mission leaders, experts, researchers, and working group discussions, this first virtual forum provided a platform to examine existing challenges to peace operations, exchange views and discuss recommendations to ensure peace operations remain positioned to adapt to the changed needs on the ground.

The full report from the event is presented in the separate Challenges Annual Forum Report 2020.