On 6 October, a webinar co-hosted by SIPRI and the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UNDPO) explored the many impacts of Covid-19 on peace operations.
The presenters focused on the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for the global balance of power, global governance and the appetite for multilateralism. They also discussed the pandemic's effects on trust in governance, leadership and democracy, and on respect for human rights, as well as how it has shaped the actions of non-state armed actors. A reflection by a UNDPO representative and the subsequent discussion further explored the policy implications for organizing and deploying peace operations.
The event was moderated by Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Senior Researcher and Director of SIPRI's Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme.
The webinar was organized in the context of the ‘New Geopolitics of Peace Operations’ initiative. The initiative is supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is conducted in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
The webinar was held under the Chatham House Rule.