The Legacy of UN Peace Operations
Discussion: Pilots for Transition and Sustaining Peace
Focus area: MINUSMA

Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 3pm- 4:30pm
Location: Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN
150 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Objective of the Meeting: 

Building on the first phase of the “Legacy of UN Peace Operations” project, led by the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) and New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (NYU-CIC) with support from the Mission of Australia, this discussion will generate ideas around the second phase of the project, focused on MINUSMA. 

Through a set of pilot projects in Bamako, Mali, we seek to promote community-driven engagement through durable infrastructure projects within and around the UN mission. These pilots will aim to create opportunities for facilitating broader partnerships, effective communication between the mission and surrounding communities as well as to foster local empowerment and resilient societies. 

This phase of the project will be undertaken in collaboration with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, alongside other relevant parts of the UN system.

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UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments. The Legacy of UNMIL

Date: November 30, 2018
Time: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Conference Room 7

Overview: United Nations peacekeeping operations unfold on a large scale across hundreds of cities and towns in conflict-affected regions. They invariably impact their surroundings, often in long-lasting, unintended and sometimes challenging ways. With careful planning, they also have enormous potential. In addition to their mandates, the infrastructure, technology, and resources that a UN mission brings to bear can open up new opportunities in key conflict-affected areas of the world. 

Against this backdrop, the project has explored the actual and potential material and socio-economic effects of UN peacekeeping missions in conflict-affected urban environments, with a particular focus on the departing mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Utilizing fresh perspectives such as urban planning and design, it has examined the evolving spatial and technological infrastructure of UN peacekeeping; identified concrete opportunities to maximize the positive impact of UN missions on their immediate surroundings; and contributed to a more concrete, practical discussion of sustaining peace, prevention, and cross-pillar cooperation — a discussion that often remains abstract. This event will provide an opportunity to bring these and other strands of the project together. 


Opening remarks

  • David YARDLEY, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN
  • Samuel GROUT-SMITH, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN
  • Israel Choko DAVIES, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations

Introduction of presentation and policy framing

  • Paige ARTHUR, Deputy Director, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation

Project presentation
“UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments and The Legacy of UNMIL” 

  • Malkit SHOSHAN, Director, Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), and Visiting Scholar, New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge, Lecturer, Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Reactions and responses

  • Henk-Jan BRINKMAN, Chief of Policy, Planning and Application, UN Peacebuilding Support Office
  • Rania DAGASH, Chief of the Policy and Best Practices Services, Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET), UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations


  • Member States will be asked to take the floor first, followed by external guests

Closing remarks

  • KANG Joo-yeon Ellen, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN

(L-R): Malkit Shoshan, Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory; Gizem Sucuoglu, UN Peacebuilding Support Office; Rania Dagash, Department of Peacekeeping Operations; David Yardley, Permanent Mission of Australia; Israel Chocko Davis, Permanent Mission of Liberia; Paige Arthur, NYU Center on International Cooperation; Sam Grout-Smith, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom; Ellen Kang, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea.