Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

The world today is facing extraordinary challenges to international, regional, national and local peace and security. The negative trend witnessed in recent years with an increasingly divided and fragmented international community, a widening gap between governing elites and those who are governed, a rapidly unfolding climate change crisis, and an increase in the number and intensity of violent conflicts, has accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remaining idle is not an option.

To be able to meet the challenges of today and in the future, strengthening our knowledge, skills and tools to promote peace, security and development effectively and at all levels has become more critical than ever. The GCSP is pleased to offer a range of opportunities for enhancing your understanding, expertise, skills and tools in support of the broader UN Sustaining Peace Agenda, with a particular focus on peacebuilding and peace operations. Our aim is to both empower you to make a concrete and positive difference in your current work and position, and to prepare you to confront new and emerging challenges to peace, security and sustainable development.

At the core of our adult learning approach is the centrality of course participants. Mentored and guided by the trainers/experts with academic and/or practitioners backgrounds, participants also bring their specific perspectives to the learning cycle. They typically come from international and regional organisations (the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, etc.), national governments, non-governmental organisations, academia and the private sector, enabling a unique environment for interactive learning and for exploring topics from a range of complementary angles and perspectives.

In 2021, to be held in the wake of COVID-19 and its transformational impact on peace operations and peacebuilding, the courses will focus on strengthening leadership for peace, conflict analysis, conflict resolution, and conflict management; resultsbased management in fragile contexts; and pre-deployment courses for international organisations and governments on peacebuilding, crisis management and peace operations training centres.


Concrete Action In collaboration with a global range of partner organisations (civilian, police and military), the GCSP is committed to:

  • Promoting the effective implementation of the UN Sustaining Peace Agenda in a pandemic environment
  • Nurturing and empowering current and future men and women leaders at all levels to make a concrete and significant impact in their leadership-for-peace roles and responsibilities
  • Exploring and strengthening networked-based collaboration and contributing to policy applicable research and development as members of the International Leadership Association, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform / Geneva Peace Week, the Researching for the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network, the International and European Associations of Peace Operations Training, the EU Civilian and Military respective Training Groups for Leadership and Management of CSDP Missions and Operations Development, and the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations.