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The purpose of gender mainstreaming in peace operations is to ensure that the needs of men and women in host societies are met adequately, and documents such as Resolution 1325 are important tools for international organizations and peacekeeping troops in this work. The success of mainstreaming, however, depends on how seriously international actors incorporate gender sensitivity into their policies and practices.
The latest volume of The Pearson Papers is a collection of English and Spanish articles by academics and practitioners from the Americas who share their perspectives, experience and lessons learned on a multitude of core issues within or closely related to peace operations.
The articles discuss a number of topics including:
Conflicts are shaped by the specifics of
history and culture, and by the convergence of political and economic forces.
Every conflict is unique - and requires a unique solution.
This volume of The Pearson Papers discusses the environment from a variety of perspectives. The volume is divided into three sections. Sections 1 and 2 explore considerations of the environment in complex settings and peace operations respectively, while section 3 offers a new way of considering
Canada plays a leadership role on the world
stage in many different ways. The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre's work in
training and capacity building for complex peace operations is recognized
internationally. This is what attracted me to its Board of Directors in
2006. To now sit as Chair is a truly rewarding experience as I am able
to witness the incredibly positive impacts the PPC has around the globe.
A select group of current and former policymakers and others representing the academic and non-governmental organization (NGO) communities convened on 29 May 2009 to consider the question of global security, looking ahead to 2014. The particular issue under review was Canada's potential future contribution to international peace and security through the application of intervention mechanisms and tools.
The current issue of The Pearson Papers presents four ways of thinking about integration in the context of peace operations specifically and peace and security generally. Beyond simply acknowledging the need for greater cooperation and coordination in peace and security, the articles present different rationales and approaches for enhancing cooperation and coordination. The current issue also uses examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The practice and concept of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in the context of UN peacekeeping interventions, has changed considerably the past few years. This change reflects an effort to develop an integrated approach capitalizing on combining the relevant strengths of the various UN actors in delivering a program which considers the longer-term peacebuilding and developmental needs of a post-conflict state in addition to the short-term cessation of violence and stabilization, traditionally the remit of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
After four years as Chair of the Pearson
Peacekeeping Centre Board of Directors, it is time to hand over the reins.
This being my last annual message, I want to take the opportunity to boast
unabashedly about the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and its role in what
Canadians believe is our most important global contribution - peacekeeping.
Yes, maybe the word is no longer in vogue and the nature of the work has
changed, but the goal has not - a more peaceful world.
The current issue of The Pearson Papers thoughtfully discusses and analyzes the theme of cooperation and coordination through a selection of four major articles and one dispatch from the field.
Peace operations are constantly evolving,
adapting to the challenges of new security
environments. The evolution, however, is neither straightforward nor linear.1 Since the first
peacekeepers were deployed in 1956, the concept of peacekeeping has changed dramatically.
Originally, it referred to the interposition of a neutral force between parties to a conflict to stop or
contain hostilities, support a ceasefire, or supervise the implementation of a peace agreement.2
While traditional peacekeeping, as a mechanism for resolving peace, is far from obsolete, the
The great man for whom the Pearson Peacekeeping
Centre (PPC) is named once commented,"The fact is that we prepare for
war like giants, and for peace like pygmies." My hope is that were he
alive today, the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson would take extreme
pride in the role the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is playing in changing
The current issue of the Pearson Papers focuses on the theme: "Measures of Effectiveness: Peace Operations and Beyond." Within this issue, you will find diverse approaches to measurement and even differing conceptualizations of what peace operations today consist of, including those that go 'beyond' the traditional notion of peacekeeping. It is hoped that this issue provides a valuable compendium on the topic and acts as a stimulant for further discussion and debate beyond the bounds of this publication.
This book is divided into three themes to capture the various approaches taken by the authors.
In the first theme, Exploring Frameworks, notions of legal and common frameworks are explored to identify the limitations and boundaries of activities in the third block and humanitarian space.
Since the Centre was first founded some twelve years ago, the PPC has been in the business of preparing military, police and civilians to develop and deliver peace operations worldwide. Through our research and extensive global network, we have also been a valuable source of the latest knowledge and expertise in peace operations.
This paper aims to provide an overview of lessons learned and good practice in business, conflict, and peacebuilding, as they have emerged from actual experience. In this overview, key challenges are examined, and the paper also tries to anchor the issue within the wider peacebuilding spectrum. Consequently, it provides recommendations to donors and practitioners on how development co-operation can be used to support work in this area.
This document is designed to serve as a
programming tool to help organizations in the planning, implementation,
monitoring, and evaluation of programs for the reintegration of former
combatants into the economy through micro-enterprise or small and medium
size enterprise (SME) development. It is based on documented good practice
and lessons learned of various organizations active in this field, as drawn
from a review of published sources and field visits to operational projects.