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UN Peacekeeping09This annual conference, jointly organised by the United Nations Association, Westminster Branch and RUSI, and supported by Land Rover, has established itself as one of the UK's most authoritative reviews of UN peacekeeping activities. 

To be successful, peacebuilding strategies need support from a range of players; from the UN itself to local traders, from structured aid programmes to small scale development assistance. An overarching strategy is required to guarantee the security of all participants. Strengthening the private sector and market-based economies has also become a key concern for development assistance, including in countries affected by conflict. Economic recovery and development efforts are bound to influence core conflict dynamics and the economic legacies left by war. While the links between peacebuilding and the economy may be obvious, it is less clear how a peacebuilding approach to economic interventions can be achieved in practice, and how they can be made conflict-sensitive. To fund these initiatives, we must encourage innovative technologies designed for the developing world and also funding techniques equally innovative. Speakers from the UN and leading NGOs will review recent peacebuilding initiatives and point to innovative and successful examples.

Featured speakers and topics include:

Morning Session

8th Folke Bernadotte Lecture
UN Peacekeeping: A commitment for all, by all 

Lecture delivered by
Alain Le Roy
Under-Secretary-General, Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations

Chairman: Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, Chair, United Nations Association UK

UN Peacekeeping has sought to prevent and manage violent conflict since 1948. Today, over 99,000 uniformed personnel are deployed in 14 missions from Haiti to Timor, stretching the UN capacity to deliver on all mandated tasks to its limits. The European Union only contributes 6,500 troops, of which two thirds hail from three countries – Italy, France and Spain. The United Kingdom contributes 283 personnel worldwide. What are the key challenges facing UN Peacekeeping? What is required to enable the UN to deliver on all mandated tasks? How can the EU, and the UK in particular, best support the UN to protect and build peace?

Panel discussion
Understanding and halting Somalia-based piracy. Has the international community still failed to get it?     

For many years, the international community has launched a series of initiatives to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia. The deployment of the UN-mandated European Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), together with patrols by navies of several other nations, has met with mixed results. On 4 February 2011, the UN Secretary-General endorsed a new strategy led by the International Maritime Organisation, involving the World Food Programme and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. How different is this new strategy and what are its chances of success? Our speakers will review differing solutions.


  • Mahid Aadam, Secretary, World G18 Somalia
  • Martin Grixoni, Cohorts LLP
  • Simon Jones, Triton International  

Chairman: Professor Michael Clarke, Director, Royal United Services Institute 

Afternoon Session   

Panel discussion
Ensuring all possible support is to hand when peacebuilding starts    

  • Dan Smith, Secretary-General, International Alert
  • Dr Funmi Olonisakin, King's College London

Chairman: Conrad Bailey, Head, Conflict Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 

Overcoming the funding obstacles for peacebuilding programmes    

To fund these initiatives set in the increasingly globally-linked world, we must encourage innovative technologies designed for the developing world and also equally innovative funding techniques 


  • Toshi Nakumura, Executive Director, Kopernik

Chairman: Dr Nadège Sheehan, Research Associate, University of Grenoble

Cenotaph Memorial   

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. 

The conference fee of £48 includes related documents, lunch and refreshments. Those wishing to attend the afternoon session only pay £15. UNA members pay £24, with a special rate of £12 for students. 

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