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New ZIF Policy Briefing: Operationalizing Conflict Prevention

24.03.2017. When incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked what his top priorities would be during his tenure, his response to journalists was clear: “Prevention, prevention, prevention“. In January, Guterres announced his intention to launch a “conflict prevention platform” which would map...

ZIF contributes to Training on Peace Mediation and Mediation Support for Foreign Service Attachés

21.03.2017. As already successfully conducted last year, ZIF trained again foreign action service attachés of the German Federal Foreign Office in international peace mediation and mediation support from March 15 to 17, 2017. This activity is part of the collaborative effort of the Initiative Mediation Support...

First HEAT+ course 2017 completed

14.03.2017. From 24 February to 3 March 2017 ZIF’s first Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) of the year took place in Hammelburg. The format was HEAT+, which is a prolonged course: Participants first receive a 3-day theoretical preparation before starting the 5-day practical training at the German...

Long Term Election Observation Course 2017 in Berlin

14.03.2017. From 26 February to 3 March, ZIF held its annual Long Term Election Observation Course in Berlin – according to the participants a highly intensive week-long training. Lead trainers Hannah Roberts (front row, to the right) and Ranko Vukcevic (front row, to the left) prepared for the assignment as...

Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy“

07.03.2017. As part of the second Peer Coaching Mediation and Diplomacy, ten high ranking diplomats of the German Federal Foreign Office as well as members of the German Bundestag met with three leading figures in international peace mediation for an interactive peer coaching.Martin Griffiths of the European...

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

16.02.2017. From 8 to 10 February, ZIF, as one of the Stand-By Partners (SBP) of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), participated in the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week and SBP Annual Consultations in Geneva. ZIF's current contribution to the SBP comprises institutional...

ZIF hosts „DSRSG Dialogue Series“ 2017

10.02.2017. From 9 to 10 February 2017. ZIF hosted the annual dialogue series with Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (DSRSGs) of UN Peace Missions in cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSCC). The event was financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office.This...

ZIF Expert Dialogue | Partial Consent in Current Peace Operations

10.02.2017. From 7 to 8 February 2017, ZIF hosted an Expert Dialogue on the topic “Between Coercion, Compromise and Complicity: Partial Consent in Current Peace Operations”. The Dialogue brought together 24 practitioners and experts from UN missions, UN headquarters and think tanks, and included perspectives...

ENTRi e-learning modules online

12.01.2017. Within the course of ENTRi II, two e-learning modules had been developed, which are available now for free use. These modules should provide the possibility of individual training outside of a classroom and independent of specific time frames.The two modules regarding stress management and...

Conference Report „The OSCE as Mediator: Instruments – Challenges – Potentials” available now

10.01.2017. In the frames of the German OSCE Chairmanship the Federal Foreign Office in collaboration with the Initiative Mediation Support Germany on July 6, 2016 hosted an international conference on „The OSCE as Mediator: Instruments – Challenges – Potentials”. Representatives of OSCE institutions,...

After Work Briefing | Peace Operations and Organized Crime: an AU Perspective

08.12.2016. Organized Crime represents an increasing threat for peace operations worldwide and especially in Africa. Therefore, it is all the more important to improve the cooperation between actors, whose tasks include the fight against organized crime. A contribution here is made by the continental planning...

OCHA “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP)” Training Course from 30 November to 6 December 2016 in Berlin

08.12.2016. From 30 November to 6 December 2016 ZIF hosted the fifth OCHA “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP)” Training in Berlin. 23 participants from different local humanitarian agencies, OCHA’s Stand-By Partner organizations, international humanitarian NGOs, UN and EU humanitarian...