This annual conference, jointly organised by the United Nations Association, Westminster Branch and Royal United Services Institute, and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has established itself as one of the UK’s most authoritative reviews of UN peacekeeping activities.
Featured speakers and topics include:
Alan Doss, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
7th Folke Bernadotte Lecture
Keeping the Peace, Protecting the People
The initial mandate for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUC, has now passed its 10th anniversary. Further Security Council resolutions have expanded that mandate to now cover forty nine objectives. In addition to deploying more than 20,000 uniformed personnel to protect the people and support the Congolese army fight insurgents from some of its nine neighbours, MONUC has an enormous community rebuilding mission, from national election and governance programmes to micro-projects healing local disputes. In such a complex operation, how does the UN evaluate progress and measure success?
Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Research Fellow, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Robust Peacekeeping Mandates Demand Access to Advances in Integrated Intelligence
Early UN peacekeeping operations viewed ‘intelligence’ as a non-word, reflecting the climate of mistrust, prejudice and suspicion generated by member states. If intelligence is to be gathered, with whom should it be shared? To avoid accusations of spying, some UN units still retain intentionally vague identities and even though UN force commanders argue for access to systems and techniques commonly used by their own national militaries, successive initiatives to provide these have come unstuck. Today’s robust mandates will expose both peacekeepers and host populations to greater personal risk, so how will the UN manage to square this circle in both the politically charged General Assembly and in the field?
Sandy Allsopp, Managing Director, Allsopp Helikites Ltd Andrew Stewart, Export Sales Director, Thales UK
New Options for UN Force Commanders in Choosing to Deploy Surveillance UAVs
The tactical deployment of unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones has been delayed through UN member states’ mutual suspicions, the scarcity of experienced UAV operators and perceived cost penalties. This session aims to tackle questions relating to their supply and operation, utility value and cost as well as who can be trusted to disseminate the intelligence they gather. These are issues which need to be addressed before UN force commanders and civilian representatives gain access to these increasingly ubiquitous intelligence tools.
Edward Burke, Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE)
The UK Stabilisation Unit and its Analogues in Afghanistan: Yet Fit for Purpose?
Over the last five years, the UK Stabilisation Unit and its forebear, the Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit, has slowly succeeded in securing Whitehall wide buy in. Over this time, its work has expanded in countries like Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen and Somalia. In Afghanistan, where its goals are linked to military initiatives and their achievement is vital to justify the cost and pain of hard won military advances, a different and valuable knowledge base has developed there. How might this experience and expertise be best used to support the work of the wider international community, even though UK participation in EU and other multinational peacebuilding projects has been reduced?
Members of the diplomatic community and other organisations will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at 1300 in remembrance of those from the 118 participating nations who have been killed whilst serving as UN peacekeepers.
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