Enhancing Participation of Western Balkan Countries in UN Peacekeeping Operations

Jun 3, 2015


SARAJEVO, 3 June 2015
- SEESAC participated at the Regional Roundtable on Enhancing Participation of Western Balkan Countries in UN Peacekeeping Operations held on 2-3 June 2015. 

The event, co-hosted by the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Ministries of Defense (MoD); Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Security (MoS) together with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in BiH, is a continuation of the Belgrade high-level regional roundtable “Being a Peacekeeper” held in October 2014 and co-organized by SEESAC. 

SEESAC presented its work on regional security cooperation through the “Regional Security Sector Reform Platform – RSSRP” during the panel “Regional Cooperation: Building Coherence and Comparative Advantages Amongst Countries in the Region in Training and in other Focus Areas”, moderated by Colonel Mersida Mesetović (BiH AF). 

Other panellists included Chief of Integrated Training Service of DPET, DPKO/DFS, Mr. Mark Pedersen, Sector Leader, Justice and Security of UNDP BiH Ms. Amela Čosović-Medić, The Sarajevo Roundtable gathered officials from ministries of defence, foreign affairs and interior of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, representatives from Austria, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, UK and US along with the UNDP and DPKO representatives, NATO, OSCE, academic and civil society. 

The keynote speaker, Director of the Department for Peacekeeping Operations for Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America Division Mr. Peter Due highlighted four challenges that peacekeeping currently faces:

1. Ensuring that the PK can deliver meaningful political change;
2. Protecting the mission and civilians while use of force is the last resort;
3. Providing sufficient means to implement mandates, including good training;
4. More rapid deployments as today’s standard timeframe is 6 months. 

His recommendation to the United Nations was to formulate goals of peacekeeping missions more clearly, but also that member states need to deploy faster in a “capability driven approach”.