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Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

In an increasingly challenging world, we need to strengthen our capabilities for impactful prevention, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peace operations. It’s time to focus and deliver.

Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

In an increasingly challenging world, we need to strengthen our capabilities for impactful prevention, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peace operations. It’s time to focus and deliver.

Today’s peace operations “embrace a broad suite of tools ranging from special envoys and mediators; political missions, including peacebuilding missions; regional preventive diplomacy offices; observation missions, including both ceasefire and electoral missions; to small, technical-specialist missions such as electoral support missions; multidisciplinary operations both large and small drawing on civilian, military and police personnel to support peace process implementation.”  At the GCSP, our work is aimed at contributing to the strengthening of international, regional and national knowledge and capacities to prepare and deploy effective and efficient peace operations and peacebuilding missions and activities to create the space required for sustainable peace and development to take place.

With mounting friction and conflict between major powers and an increase in poverty, violent conflict, transnational organized crime, terrorism, extremism, and as exacerbated by climate change; mechanisms for mitigating these developments are being severely tested. The UN Secretary-General has made prevention, peacebuilding and peace operations, key priorities for the UN in the coming years. The focus on reform is intensive, yet progress requires the broader international community, including force-multiplying strategic knowledge based organizations like the GCSP, to commit and contribute. Key areas in 2019 include Leadership; Women Peace and Security; Results Based Management; and Strategic Communication.

Our work draws on and contributes to a global network of expertise and resources for the development and implementation of projects, courses, dialogues, involving senior or expert level practitioners, academics and diplomats from all continents, major civilian, troop, and police contributors to peace operations and peacebuilding, representing the United Nations, regional organizations, national governments and the broader civil society, nongovernmental and private sectors.

We focus on building capacities for current and future leaders in peace operations and peacebuilding through our senior and operational level courses (in class and online): Senior Level Peacebuilding Course; Making the Difference in Peace, Security and Development - Results Based Management and Beyond; ESDC Course on Stabilization and Recovery Strategies; the Swiss Peacebuilding Training Course; and Media and Arts for Peace.

At the research and policy level, we contribute with the Geneva Peace Operations Laboratory to concepts, guidance and doctrine development through our engagements in the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and Geneva Peace Week; International and European Associations of Peacekeeping Training Centers; Researching the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network; Challenges Forum, and through bilateral projects in cooperation with, for example, UN Department for Peace Operations; UNITAR; Graduate Institute Geneva; Small Arrns Survey, DCAF ISSAT, Interpeace, swisspeace, SWISSINT, and the Hirondelle Foundation.

 

1 As defined by the Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, 16 June 2015.