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OCHA-Training course “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme" (PREP) from 21 to 26 August in Berlin

07.09.2016. From 21 to 26 August 2016 ZIF hosted the third OCHA-Training “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme” (PREP) in Berlin. 24 participants from different local humanitarian agencies, OCHA´s Stand-by Partner organizations, international humanitarian NGOs, UN- and EU-humanitarian agencies and...

ZIF offers training for African Standby Capacity Roster Focal Points in Harare

29.08.2016. The African Union currently establishes the African Standby Capacity (ASC) - a civilian pool of experts for peace operations. ZIF supports this historic initiative in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).ZIF conducted the training for African Standby...

An exchange on par | Mediation Peer Coaching

23.08.2016. 15 German ambassadors and directors of the German Federal Foreign Office met with five leading figures in international peace mediation for an interactive peer coaching.Former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, Robert Dann (Chief, Mediation Support Unit, UN DPA) as...

ZIF Policy Briefing | Humanitarian Action and Peace Operations

27.07.2016. Humanitarian actors and peace operations struggle to keep pace with the growing demands of humanitarian crises, necessitating greater coherence and engagement. Yet, humanitarian actors and peace operations co-exist in an uneasy relationship – working toward shared objectives with at times...

High-Level Seminar on Peacekeeping in Brussels

15.07.2016. Together with the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), on July 13 ZIF assembled various European Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to UN peacekeeping operations in Brussels to share their experiences and...

The OSCE as Mediator: Instruments – Challenges – Potentials

11.07.2016. On July 6, 2016, the Federal Foreign Office in collaboration with the Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD) hosted an international conference on the role of the OSCE as mediator within the framework of the German OSCE Chairmanship.Mediation and dialogue are central themes not only of...

African Standby Capacity Annual Coordination Meeting

24.06.2016. The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) participated in the Annual Coordination Meeting of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) which took place in Accra, Ghana, from June 8-10, 2016. The coordination meeting was scheduled one year after the inauguration of the ASC – the civilian standby...

Conference Announcement: The OSCE as Mediator: Instruments - Challenges - Potentials

15.06.2016. On 6 July 2016, the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 will host a conference in Berlin on peace mediation organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD).Mediation as an important instrument of the OSCE within the conflict cycle has been...

Interesting discussion on election observation

13.06.2016. Question: “What is OSCE election observation there for?” Answer: “To legitimize rigged elections.” Counter question: “And that’s about it?” Response: “Well, maybe not really…” This dialogue and many further interesting and challenging issues were part of a conversation ZIF had with 15 Eastern...

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29.05.2016. Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers which is celebrated each year on May 29th. The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the Blue Helmets' invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives...

Clearing of the Decks After a Year of Reviews: Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform

20.05.2016. The second half of 2015 saw the publication of the reports concluding a series of parallel UN review processes aimed at tackling new, as well as old but persistent, challenges: The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (HIPPO), the report of the Advisory...

Interview on the "Kigali Principles"

18.05.2016. Just recently the USA have signed the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. They are a set of non-binding pledges for the effective implementation of the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping. On this occasion, ZIF Research Fellow Alischa Kugel gave an interview to BBC World...