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ENTRi-Conference 11th-12th April

18.04.2019. ENTRi's Dialogue on Sustainability and Knowledge Management, organized by the ENTRi Secretariat and ZIF in Berlin on 11-12 April 2019 was held back to back with ENTRi stakeholder meetings on the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) and training recognition systems. It brought together...

Strategy Meeting Standby Partnership at ZIF

18.04.2019. The main topics of the meeting on 10th and 11th April were the fostering of cooperation, joint use of resources and the future strategy of the Standby Partnership-Network. The event was attended by representatives of OCHA, RedR, UNHCR, UNDP, DRC, FAO, NRC, DFID, DSS Water, MSB, WFP and WHO....

Women in Peacekeeping – Germany chairs the Open Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

12.04.2019. On Thursday, 10th April, the UN Security Council held an open debate on the topic of “Women in Peacekeeping”. The Council was briefed by Secretary-General Guterres, Major General Kristin Lund (first female Force Commander and current Head of the UN Truce Supervision Organization mission). German...

Putting the Comprehensive Approach into Practice – the Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations

19.03.2019. For the fifth time ZIF is currently conducting the basic course ‘Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations (CGTPO)’ together with the Police Academy North Rhine-Westphalia (LAFP Brühl). The entire training lives the ‘comprehensive approach’, as civilian as well as police and military...

First ZIF STO-Training this year

11.03.2019. This year’s first ZIF Short-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from the 24th to 27th February in Berlin. Future German observers as well as participants from all over Europe and beyond were trained for taking up an STO role in election observation mission (EOMs) of the EU and the...

Gender - an important Issue for the Leadership of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM)

04.03.2019. ZIF, together with the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, conducted a workshop in Kiev, Ukraine, on 20 February to support the SMM leadership in better integrating a gender perspective into their work and into the work of the monitors.25 members of the SMM leadership and management level (Chief Monitor and...

Sophia in Limbo

04.03.2019. In his new comment on EUNAVFOR Med at EUobserver, Tobias Pietz argues that the mission should be closed and replaced. Due to the controversy on disembarkation of refugees, it seems that the ships of the mission have been sent away from smuggling routes on purpose in order to avoid rescuing...

All female leadership: A milestone in the history of peace operations

26.02.2019. The UN Peacekeeping Mission to Cyprus (UNFICYP) is headed completely by women since the beginning of this year. All three pillars of the mission are headed by women: military, police and civil. Elizabeth Spehar (Canada), Special Representative of the Secretary-General, if the head of mission, Major...

ZIF Food-for-Thought Breakfast on UNAMID and UNMISS

21.02.2019. On February 20, 2019 ZIF hosted a breakfast briefing for Members of Parliament on the current situation in Sudan and South Sudan. The two speakers, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) David Shearer, Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and SRSG Jeremiah...

Discussions with the Peacekeeping leaders: USG Lacroix, ASG Keita and SRSG Zerrougui at ZIF

21.02.2019. It is a rare occasion to host that many high level UN-Peacekeeping representatives at once at ZIF: due to an internal retreat many UN-Mission Heads and senior level representatives from the headquarters have met in Berlin, to have a strategic discussion, not in the field and behind closed doors.The...

ENTRi Training of Trainers package now available in Spanish

21.02.2019. The Capacitación de Instructores training package contains templates, selected and tested methods, learning objectives, instructions and much more - the content is available online as a free download and can be adapted to suit any context.With this package, the ENTRi Team wants to enable trainers...

ZIF at the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week and the Stand-By Partner Annual Consultations in Geneva

18.02.2019. As every year the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week (HNPW) assembled international actors from among the humanitarian field in Geneva from 5 to 9 February. As one of its members, ZIF participated at the Stand-by Partnership (SBP) Network Annual Consultations. The SBP consists of...

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