“Challenges to Peacekeeping in the 21st Century”, a Conversation with Patrick Cammaert

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•07•11    18:30 - 19:30

    On 11 July 2017, UNU will host “Challenges to Peacekeeping in the 21st Century”, a conversation with Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 11 July 2017 at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Over the past 70 years, the nature and scope of peacekeeping have shifted. With expanding mandates and the need to respond to the changing nature of violent conflict, United Nations peacekeeping operations have attempted various innovative reforms — from increasing the protection of civilians to deploying the use of force beyond self-defence. Despite these initiatives, many challenges to peacekeeping remain. With belligerents growing more hostile towards UN peacekeeping forces, the fatality rate of peacekeepers has reached its highest point in history. The misconduct of some peacekeepers also continues to draw international condemnation, despite the issue being an area of priority for the new UN Secretary-General.

    Major General Cammaert will join Mr Adam Day, Senior Policy Adviser at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation exploring the challenges faced by UN peacekeeping today and the reforms needed to overcome them.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served, while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 10 July) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert has had a distinguished military career in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and in the UN, where he served in a number of missions including the Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) as General Officer Commanding the Eastern Division.

    Since his retirement from the military in 2007, Major General Cammaert has served as an expert on issues ranging from international peace and security to civil-military cooperation during operations. He headed the UN Secretary-General’s Board of Inquiry on Gaza in 2014, as well as the Board of Inquiry for the Malakal violence in South Sudan in 2016. He also led the Independent Special Investigation on the violence in Juba, South Sudan, at the end of 2016. In 2008, he was awarded the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize.



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