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The UN, Peace and Security | High-Level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly

10.05.2016. To engage in a strategic reflection about today’s threats to international peace and security and examine how to strengthen the performance of the United Nations’ engagement in this field, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, is organising a High-level Thematic Debate of...

The “Comprehensive Approach” for practitioners

09.05.2016. The number of multi-dimensional peace operations requiring the co-operation of international organisations (UN, EU, OSCE and NATO) and regional organisations, such as the AU and ECOWAS, have increased substantially over the last years. Many of these missions have one thing in common: They are...

ZIF and Berghof Foundation co-host round table on „Role and added value of regional organizations in mediation“

06.05.2016. As side event of the fourth Berghof Mediation Roundtable ZIF and the Berghof Foundation co-hosted a round table with civil society representatives on the „Role and added value of regional organizations in mediation - The African Union, the OSCE and the United Nations“ on 11 April 2016....

Institutional Knowledge Exchange with Folke Bernadotte Academy

02.05.2016. Staff of ZIF’s Human Resources Division travelled to Stockholm and met respective colleagues of the Folke Bernadotte Academy for an institutional knowledge exchange. Here, they shared and compared practice and approaches to election observation management, secondment and preparation of civilian...

April 19: United Nations Virtual Career Fair

18.04.2016. Announcing a United Nations Virtual Career Fair We are pleased to announce that on 19 April 2016 the United Nations will hold a Virtual Career Fair that will be accessible world-wide for 24 hours (8:00 AM Bangkok time, until 8:00 PM New York time). We would be grateful if you could inform everybody...

ZIF trains Germans and international prospective observers from OSCE participating States and EU Member States in Short-Term Election Observation

14.04.2016. Experienced election observation trainers Martina Düttmann, Dagmar Mehrtens and Ranko Vuk?evi? introduced participants to tasks, responsibilities, and challenges faced by Short-Term Election Observers. Their training modules were complemented by those of Alexey Gromov and Nicolay Paus,...

ZIF trains Attachés in Peace Mediation

13.04.2016. Together with the Center for Peace Mediation of the Europa University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder and CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation, ZIF conducted a three-day training on the basics of international Peace Mediation and Mediation Support for the 70th crew of the preparatory course for...

ZIF supports the African Union in Mediation and Preventive Diplomacy

13.04.2016. ZIF participated, upon invitation of the AUC PSD, in a workshop on rostering requirements for the Mediation and Preventive Diplomacy Mechanisms of the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the AU Commission (AUC) in Nairobi and shared its institutional experience in developing standard operating...

OSCE Round Table Discussion on Peace Mediation and Dialogue

31.03.2016. On March 18, 2016, ZIF took part in the first round table discussion on the OSCE conflict cycle in Vienna that was hosted by Germany as part of the German OSCE Chairmanship.Representatives of different participanting states as well as mediation experts exchanged their views on on Mediation,...

ZIF Policy Briefing | Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area: De-escalation and Prevention as Priorities in 2016

29.03.2016. Crisis and conflict management is one of the priorities of the German Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016. Against this backdrop, Andreas Wittkowsky analyzes protracted conflicts in the OSCE area – namely in Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. The...

First ZIF Core Course Peace Operations of 2016 completed

23.03.2016. On March 18, ZIF’s core course peace operations, a course that prepares experts for deployment to peace operations, came to an end For this course, ZIF selected a group of around 20 participants from Germany, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Luxembourg, and Mali who went into an intensive...

ZIF experts and internatonal colleagues train together at the annual “Long-Term Election Observation Course”

07.03.2016. ZIF experts and other prospective observers from OSCE participating States train together at the annual “Long-Term Election Observation Course” in Schmöckwitz.Internationally renowned election experts such as Mark Stevens (former Deputy Executive Director, ERIS), Alexander Shlyk (Deputy Head of...