ZIF co-hosts Launch of UN-EU Priorities 2019-2021


Under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels, and in cooperation with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) had the pleasure to co-host the launch of the 2019-2021 priorities to reinforce the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management. It was presented to a broader public last Friday, November 30, in Brussels. ZIF has contributed to the whole process through two joint stakeholder workshops in Brussels and New York in 2018.

In line with UN reforms and EU policy developments, the 2019-2021 priorities set out eight comprehensive areas for collaboration between UN and EU on peace operations and crisis management.

Two priorities are especially important to ZIF: the establishment of a UN-EU collaborative platform on Women, Peace and Security to enhance coherence and integration of gender perspectives throughout the cooperation, and to enhance cooperation with and support to African-led peace operations of the African Union (AU), as well as to deepen trilateral cooperation – UN-EU-AU – on peace operations, conflict prevention, crisis management and regional strategies.

The 20th anniversary of Women, Peace and Security coincides with Germany’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council and with the time-period for the UN-EU priorities. Germany can not only support the implementation of this first priority, it can play a central role in hosting the first EU-UN platform on Women, Peace and Security.

The partnership between the UN, EU and AU is important to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness in the cooperation on crisis management. More than two thirds of all peace missions are currently employed in Africa. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify the cooperation with the African Union. ZIF welcomes the envisaged establishment of the Collaborative Platform AU-UN-EU 2019, which has been agreed already in 2017.

At the launch last Friday, ZIF’s Executive Director, Almut Wieland-Karimi, moderated a panel discussion between EEAS Deputy Secretary-General for CSDP and Crisis Response, Pedro Serrano, United Nations Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

ZIF has been dedicated to the support of peacekeeping partnerships between EU and UN since the preparation of the last UN-EU Priorities 2015-18 during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2014 and will stay engaged on this issue in 2019.