Discussion on global peace operations in 2008 – cooperating to keep the peace

07.05.2008 - Press release

The Federal Foreign Office is hosting a discussion on global peacekeeping tomorrow, Thursday 8 May, in coordination with the New York University's Center on International Cooperation and the Berlin-based Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF). Panellists will include Tom Koenigs, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), and Dr Bruce Jones, Director of the NYU Center on International Cooperation.

International peace operations are coming to assume an ever greater significance; the number of staff employed on UN peace missions has reached an all-time high. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly important to coordinate these operations with supporting regional organizations such as the EU and the African Union, and to enhance cooperation between all the institutions involved.

Against this background, the debate will focus on current trends and will address the challenges ensuing from the massive increase in demand for peace operations and their growing complexity. The question of what form meaningful cooperation can take between the actors participating in a peace mission will also be discussed.

Bruce Jones, one of the leading experts on UN peacekeeping, will present the 2008 edition of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations at the event. The publication is a comprehensive report on current international peace operations and is an important and well-established reference work for practitioners and academics alike.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Peter Wittig, Head of the Foreign Office Directorate-General for the United Nations and Global Issues.

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