Regional Diplomatic Consultations (Europe) for the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO)
On 20 February 2015, I had the pleasure and honour to co-organize with our GGI team, two think tank partners and the UN HIPPO Secretariat the diplomatic European regional consultations of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta.
The Secretary-General established the Panel in October 2014 to undertake an assessment of the state of UN peace operations, and the emerging needs of the future. The review included both peacekeeping operations and special political missions. The Panel included 17 members with a wide range of experience and expertise.
As part of its assessment, the Panel engaged with Member States, academics, think tanks and civil society in various regions of the world, including Europe. The European consultation, co-organized by GGI, together with the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF, Berlin), was held on 20 February at the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, 8, Brussels. Six panel members were present and engaged in the discussions, as were representatives from more than 40 member states.
The main purpose of the consultations were to:
The opening speech was given by Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, followed by three panels and exchanges with representatives of over 40 member states.
I was asked to provide input on the issue of European contributions to UN Peacekeeping in the field of military and policing. I focused in my input on the importance of rapid reaction (with lessons learned from SHIRBRIG) Inter-Organisational Capacity-Building, Security Sector Reform and the need for a wider European debate on the improvements of United Nations Command and Control (C2).
Click below to open the Background Document circulated during the Consultations.
Official Programme of the Consultations