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10 May 2016

UNA-UK is delighted to announce that Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and former head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, will be delivering the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture at this year's conference to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. 

This annual conference, jointly organised by UNA-UK, UNA-Westminster and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 25 May, is the UK’s most authoritative public review of UN peacekeeping activities. It brings together practitioners, diplomats, military and the public in an expert discussion of the most important issues in peacekeeping today.

With the UK having announced that it will host the next UN summit on peacekeeping this year, the time is right to examine the content of peace operations reform, its political and bureaucratic prospects, and the role the UK can play in driving the process forward.

The full agenda, available below, features peacekeeping experts and practitioners from around the world, including Victoria Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of State and former Vice Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, Lt Gen (rtd) Philip Campose.

UNA-UK and UNA-Westminster are also organising our annual memorial ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, in remembrance of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the service of global peace. Members of the diplomatic corps will be joined by UK Government officials and UN veterans to lay wreaths and pay their respects to the 3,471 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while deployed with the UN. The ceremony is free and open to the public; it will start at 1pm.

Registration for the conference

The conference fee of £15, with a special rate of £6 for students, includes related documents, morning refreshments and lunch.

Tickets for the conference are now sold out.

No registration is necessary for the Cenotaph memorial. If you are an Embassy or High Commission seeking to participate in the ceremony, please contact Genevieve Woods,, 020 7766 3454.

Conference agenda

Sustaining momentum: what next for UN peace operations?

0900 Registration

0930 Welcome and introduction

  • Adrian Johnson, Director of Publications, Royal United Services Institute
  • David Wardrop, Chairman, UNA-Westminster

0945 Session 1: Conflict prevention and the primacy of politics

  • Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in International Relations, Deparment of War Studies, King's College London
  • Martin Griffiths, Executive Director, European Institute of Peace
  • Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute (chair)

1055 Break

1125 Session 2: Folke Bernadotte Memorial session

  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO, International Crisis Group
  • Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman, UNA-UK (chair)

1235 Departure for Cenotaph memorial ceremony

  • David Wardrop, UNA-Westminster

1300 Wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph

Members of the diplomatic community and other organisations will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in remembrance of those from the 123 participating nations who have been killed whilst serving as UN peacekeepers. The memorial is a free public event.

1345 Lunch

1430 Session 3: Do lessons learned become lessons acted on?

  • Melinda Simmons, Head of Conflict Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Victoria Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State
  • Lt Gen (rtd) Philip Campose, former Vice Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army
  • Professor Mats Berdal, Department of War Studies, King's College London (chair)

1540 Break

1610 Session 4: The next generation of peace operations

  • Dr Annette Idler, Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, Oxford University 
  • Dr Andrew Glazzard, Director of National Security and Resilience Studies, Royal United Services Institute
  • Matthew Moore, Head of Future UAS Capability, Thales
  • Kevin Steeves, Head of the Director's Office, Chatham House (chair)

1720 Closing remarks

  • Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director, United Nations Association - UK