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Federal Foreign Minister visits Mitrovica and meets EULEX German civilian experts

22.02.2018. It was a special day for Katja Dominik, Head of Executive Division at EULEX Kosovo, and her police colleague Sylvia von Wlkanowa, head of the German EULEX contingent: on Friday, February 16, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel came to Mitrovica as part of his visit to Serbia and...

Delegation from ZIF, BMI and Federal Foreign Office to Niger

21.02.2018. In early February a delegation from ZIF, BMI and Federal Foreign Office visited the Republic of the Niger.They visited the EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) Sahel Niger and had talks, inter alia, concerning support of local authorities and security forces in the areas of migration and crime...

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

21.02.2018. From 5 to 6 February, ZIF as one of the StandBy Partners (SBP) of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) participated in the "Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week" in Geneva. Within the scope of the SBP ZIF engages in institutional support of the...

ZIF trains German and international prospective observers in “Short-Term Election Observation”

21.02.2018. This year's first ZIFShort-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from January 21 to 24 in Berlin. Prospective German STOs, as well as participants from all over Europe were trained for OSCE/ODIHR and EU election observation mission (EOMs).The experienced election observation trainers...

NEW: Portuguese version of 'In Control'

21.02.2018. The Portuguese version of 'In Control' is ready! 'Em Controlo' includes a handy list of abbreviations of Portuguese peacekeeping terms side-by-side with its English equivalent. Have a look and let us know what you think. The English, French and the Portuguese version can be found and downloaded for...

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...

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