Challenges for the United Nations in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

August 15, 2013

Published on Apr 22, 2013

The U.S. Institute of Peace in partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding co-sponsored an afternoon of events that explored innovation in peacebuilding, and provided examples of working across silos to achieve more stable and durable peace.

Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, opened the afternoon with a discussion on the challenges facing the United Nations in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. During his career as one of the world’s top diplomats, Ambassador Eliasson served as the special envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for Darfur from 2007-2008. Preceding his work in Darfur, he was foreign minister of Sweden, after serving as Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2000-2005. His work has focused on mediation missions in the Middle East and Europe, as well as on broader topics such as landmines, humanitarian action, and conflict prevention. Ambassador Eliasson was appointed as the first U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs in 1992. He was also a senior visiting scholar at USIP in 2009.

Following the conversation with Ambassador Eliasson and to launch the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s new semi-annual, online publication, “Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century,” a select group of Building Peace authors framed a discussion on peacebuilding approaches to the complex conflict in Mali. Drawing on the perspectives shared in their Building Peace articles, these authors led a discussion about how peacebuilders can work with local citizens and international actors to address root causes of conflict, and bring security to war-torn societies. Watch this conversation:

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Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Keynote Address

Pamela Aall, Provost of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace, Welcome

Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Moderator