Partnership of Global Actors
The Challenges Forum is a partnership consisting of partners from all over the world with expertise needed to make a difference.
Challenges Forum is a global partnership of about 50 peace operations organizations and departments in 24 countries, representing government agencies, peacekeeping training centers, think-tanks and research institutions from all around the world. We provide an impartial and informal space for dialogue in which to step away from national positions.
Members come from major troop, police and financial contributing countries, and they include the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council. In addition, the partnership consists of organizations that correspond to key components in multidimensional peacekeeping and political missions. This is to ensure the partnership reflects the wide spectrum of peace operations, which makes the Challenges Forum a significant player in the global efforts to develop peace operations.
The partners represent collective expertise on subjects like leadership, international relations, political affairs, security and justice reform, development, conflict resolution, concept and doctrine development in addition to military operations and policing.
The military is critical in creating a safe and secure environment for the mission to operate in. The police component focuses on threats to law and order in addition to their important role of supporting the host government in re-building and training the national police and other law enforcement agencies. The civilian component represents equally crucial aspects, including tasks related to political and governance issues. The Challenges Forum invites new members based on criteria to allow a balanced partnership that grows at a moderate pace. New members are required to take on the rotating responsibility of hosting an Annual Challenges Forum.
I am impressed by the global nature of the Challenges Forum and the fact that all regions are represented. It reflects the development we have seen in peace operations…H.E. Mr Jan Eliasson, President of the United Nations General Assembly 60th Session