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International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: ZIF interviews UN SRSG Gamba and hosts international workshop on Children and Armed Conflict

12.02.2018. Together with the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF hosts an international 2-day workshop on Children and Armed Conflicts & Women, Peace and Security. We are proud that a multitude of participants join the discussion, amongst them representatives of the UN, the crisis group and several NGOs.UN...

ZIF hosts „DSRSG Dialogue Series“

09.02.2018. From 8 to 9 February 2018, ZIF hosted the annual dialogue series with Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (DSRSGs) of UN Peace Operations in cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSCC) and supported by the Federal Foreign Office.This year’s expert dialogue...

Latest ZIF kompakt reviews the Cruz report on casualties in UN missions

07.02.2018. In the latest ZIF kompakt Andreas Wittkowsky reviews the Cruz report, which analyzes casualties due to malicious acts in UN missions. More than 90% of all fatalities are military personnel, i.e. blue helmets. The report urges the UN to overcome defensive posture, to dominate the environment of UN...

ZIF Policy Briefing: Quo Vadis Civilian CSDP?

06.02.2018. The European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) follows two separate tracks, military and civilian. While 2017 saw a lot of momentum in the military realm, 2018 could become the year of civilian CSDP, as many initiatives are under way to strengthen its missions and to foster the...

Aerial imagery interpretation for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine: pilot-workshop at the Aerial Imagery Interpretation Centre of the German Air Force

25.01.2018. From 27 November to 15 December the Aerial Imagery Interpretation Centre of the German Air Force implemented the pilot-workshop "Imagery Analysis for the OSCE SMM Ukraine". Aim of the workshop was to strengthen the OSCE’s capacities in analysis and interpretation in aerial photographs. It...

Rule of Law Course 2017

03.01.2018. ZIF facilitated a training course on "Rule of Law Toolbox for Crisis Management and Peace Operations: Concepts, Practices and Trends" in Berlin from 1 to 8 December 2017. Fifteen experts from seven countries with diverse professional backgrounds participated in the course.The course...

ZIF Policy Briefing: Reforming the United Nations' Peace and Security Pillar

14.12.2017. Reform is a perennial issue at the United Nations. While Secretary-General António Guterres has been no different than his predecessors in trying to push reform initiatives through the UN membership, his proposals are being viewed as far more encompassing. Whether or not the reforms – if...

Joint ZIF and UN "facilitated forum” for UN staff in Kosovo

06.12.2017. ZIF and the "Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training" (DPET) within the UN-Department of Peacekeeping Operations work jointly on strengthening the link between conflict analysis and strategic action at the field level among UN-Civil Affairs Officers and other peacekeeping staff. As...

Joint Training on mediation in international conflicts by ZIF and Berghof Foundation

01.12.2017. From 19 to 24 November 2017, ZIF organized a training course on “Supporting Peace Negotiation and Mediation on Track I: Implementing Comprehensive Peace Agreements” in cooperation with the Berghof Foundation. The course focused on Track 1 mediation efforts that take place in conflict contexts where...

One step forward: www.zif-berlin.org on mobile devices

24.11.2017. Our website contains a great number of information, data, files, pictures, texts - a quantity that is not always easy to handle when surfing www.zif-berlin.org with your mobile devices. To increase the usability of our page, we now added a mobile site version with reduced content. Even if you are...

ZIF at international OSCE conference on the development of a secondment system in Serbia

21.11.2017. Since its inception ZIF has been actively involved in an international exchange on developing and strengthening civilian capacities for international peace and security efforts. In this context, ZIF participated in the "Conference on the Development of a System for Seconding Civilians to...

ENTRi holds presentation at the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom) at the Council of the EU

21.11.2017. The Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom) advises the political and security committee on civilian aspects of crisis management. It prepares planning documents for new missions, makes recommendations and deals with the development of strategies for civilian crisis management...

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