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Peacekeeping reform: Making UN peace operations more fit for purpose

Peacekeeping reform: Making UN peace operations more fit for purpose
Helmet and Flack Jackets of MONUC Peacekeepers. Photo: Flickr/ UN peacekeeping

Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm

United Nations peace operations are at a crossroads. Over the past decade, the number of peace keepers has increased significantly, and the UN has deployed several new missions to countries where there was neither much peace to keep nor a constructive peace process to support. Subsequently, the extent to which UN peace operations are effective and remain fit for purpose is subject to an ongoing debate. UN peace operations are often confronted with both increasingly complex political and security environments and unrealistic expectations of what they can achieve.

This event looks at UN peacekeeping reform by focusing on the topics of gender mainstreaming, the safety and security of peacekeepers and the UN’s peacekeeping budget. It aims to build upon the efforts being made by the UN, such as the Secretary-General’s 2017 report on ‘Restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar’ and the open debate on 28 March in the Security Council on ‘Collective action to improve UN peacekeeping operations’ and also feed into ongoing discussions.

The seminar which is co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Embassy of Ethiopia, the Embassy of Brazil and SIPRI will bring together experts from Indonesia, Ethiopia, Brazil and Sweden.



Coffee will be served from 09.30. Lunch is complimentary for all participants.


09.30-10.00   Registration

10.00-10.10   Welcome remarks

Ambassador Michael Sahlin, Distinguished Associate Fellow SIPRI, former State Secretary of Defence, Sweden

10.00-10.30   Keynote speeches

HE Mr Jan Salestrand, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Sweden

HE Dr H. Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

* Photo session opportunity between 10.30-10.50.

10.30-10.50   Distinguished speakers

HE Marcos Pinta Gama, Ambassador of Brazil to Sweden

HE Prof. Merga Bekana, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Sweden

10.50-11.10   Coffee break

11.10-12.30   Panel discussion

Mandates, practice, and the changing role of UN Peacekeeping Operations in times of reform


Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Director of Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme, SIPRI


Lt Col Ms Venny Yulius, Police Superintendent, Republic of Indonesia

Col Eduardo Oliveira, Brazilian Army Attache in Berlin

Mr Dawit Yirga, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Ethiopia to the United Nations

12.20-13.30   Lunch


Registration information

Please confirm your participation by Wednesday, 11 April to Ms Alexandra Manolache, SIPRI Communications Officer, Tel: 0766 286 133, Email:

Registration is mandatory for all participants.


See below a selection of the event photos. 

Peacekeeping reform event photos

Photos during the event on Peacekeeping reform: Making UN peace operations more fit for purpose