The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), the Center on International Cooperation (CIC), and the Permanent Missions of the United Kingdom, Liberia and Australia are pleased to invite you to a presentation of preliminary findings and recommendations related to the project “UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments: The Legacy of UNMIL.”
Overview of FAST/CIC Research on the Legacy of Peacekeeping Operations United Nations peacekeeping operations unfold today at a large scale across hundreds of cities and towns in conflict-affected regions. Their bases, camps, super-camps, headquarters, logistic hubs, and airfields are designed and built by military engineers to support peacekeepers during the conduct of
UN missions, providing them not only with safety but with direct access to resources such as water, electricity, food, and medical services.
Surrounded by fences and walls, these spaces can operate as self-contained islands. Yet, they invariably impact their surroundings, at times in long-lasting, unintended, and even harmful ways. With careful planning, they also have enormous potential. In addition to their mandates, the infrastructure, technology, and resources that UN missions bring to bear can open up new opportunities in some of the world’s most impoverished and imperiled areas.
Growing recognition of the interplay between peace and development, coupled with mounting calls within the UN for inclusive, cross-pillar, and longer-term approaches, has created space for new ways of thinking about the physical and technological footprint of peace operations.
As the UN draws down or closes a series of missions from Liberia to Haiti and develops transition strategies for operations in Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the question of imaginative uses for this infrastructure takes on new salience.
Against this backdrop, FAST, together with CIC, has spearheaded a project on the legacy of UN peacekeeping operations, which includes recent field research in Liberia. The project aims to explore the actual and potential material effects of UN missions like UNMIL on fragile urban environments.
Utilizing fresh perspectives such as urban planning, the project seeks to contribute to discussions surrounding transitions as well as to serve as a forum for broader consideration of the important intersections between peacekeeping, peacebuilding
, and development.
The project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Australia Mission to the United Nations and the United Kingdom mission to the United Nations.
Conference Room: 7
Moderator: Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, CIC.
Introductory remarks: Liberia, UK, Australia at Counselor Level
Presenter: Malkit Shoshan, Director, FAST
Invited Discussants: Sweden, United States, PBSO, UNDP, DPKO, DFS
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