Views from Members of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations
It is time to stop lamenting that caveats exist and try to better learn how to manage them?
This policy brief focuses on the UN’s protection capacities, asking what this implies for civilians in the countries where the organization operates. This is related to capacity- and institution-building in host nations, in particular in the security sector. The policy brief provides a short overview of the implementation of POC-mandates in UN peace operations drawing upon the author’s experience from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) between 2011-2014 first, with a particular focus on the capacity to protect through non-military means, and second, on the capacity to provide physical protection. Third, the responsibility of the host government is elaborated upon, ending with some concluding remarks on what the next steps should be in order to further enhance the UN’s capacity to protect civilians.
Warren Hoge, Senior Adviser for External Relations at the International Peace Institute, interviewed Chair of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, José Ramos-Horta, on his views on the way forward for UN Peace Operations.
The HIPPO-report can better be understood by placing it within its historical context, and comparing it to the previous attempts to review peace operations.
Jose Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste) Chair
Jean Arnault (France)
Abhijit Guha (India)
Ameerah Haq (Bangladesh)
Andrew Hughes (Australia)
Alexander Ilitchev (Russia)
Hilde F. Johnson (Norway)
Bruce Jones (Canada)
Youssef Mahmoud (Tunisia)
Ian Martin (United Kingdom)
Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu (Ghana)
B. Lynn Pascoe (United States)
Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto (Brazil)
Wang Xuexian (China)