The Role of the UN in Peacebuilding – Reflections for the Future – University of Copenhagen

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The Role of the UN in Peacebuilding – Reflections for the Future

With Ambassador and former UN and AU Head of Mission in Darfur

Ibrahim Gambari

Tuesday November 29th 2016, 16:30-18.00
Alexandersalen, University of Copenhagen, Bispetorvet 1-3, 1167 Copenhagen

To register, please send an email to cric@cric.ku.dk
Deadline for registration is Thursday November 24th, 2016

The world is facing major threats to global peace. Ongoing violent conflicts create insecurity, massive human rights violations, and refugee flows that influence  the conditions for peace locally, regionally and globally. At the same time challenges such as inequality, climate change, and radicalization influence the possibility for people around the world to live  in peace and security – and if unaddressed these challenges spark new violent conflicts. In view of these challenges, the relevance and effectiveness of existing UN mechanisms for promoting sustainable peace are being reassessed. ‘High-level debates’ on human rights and peacebuilding have been held at the UN HQ with the aim of exploring options for improving the existing mechanisms. Other reform agendas include the review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, the Human Rights Up Front Initiative of the UN Secretary-General, and the High Level Commission on Security, Justice & Governance. Ambassador Gambari will share his insights into the current reform processes, the opportunities and challenges at global, regional and country level, and possible ways forward for the UN in promoting sustainable peace.  

Ibrahim Gambari has held several high-level positions in the UN and as a representative for his home country Nigeria. His last assignment at the United Nations was as the Head of the UN and AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from January 2010 to July 2012. During Ambassador Gambari’s tenure, UNAMID was the world’s largest international peacekeeping mission. Mr. Gambari has held positions such as delegate to the Assembly of the African Union (1984-1985), the first Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa (1999-2005), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission to Angola (2002-2003). Under Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (2005-2007),  UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar,  and Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Iraq Compact and Other Issues (2007-2009). Before joining the United Nations, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (1990-1999). He was also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria (1984-1985) and worked closely with regional leaders, institutions and governments, particularly within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the economic and political development of the sub-region. Prior to this, he was the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. Mr. Gambari was appointed professor in 1983 after 15 years of academic teaching and research at universities in the US and in Nigeria. Together with Madeleine Albright, Mr. Gambari co-chaired the high-level Commission on Security, Justice & Governance which in 2015 launched the report and reform project “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance”.

This seminar is organised by Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and the Carlsberg Foundation.