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ACUNS Annual Meeting
23-25 June 2022
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June 24, 13:00 - 14:30 CEST
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Roundtable: Book

The United Nations and Security Sector Reform: Policy and Practice edited by Adedeji Ebo and Heiner Hänggi

  • Conflict Prevention and Mediation
  • Disarmament
  • International Institutions
  • Peace and Security
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

The United Nations and Security Sector Reform Policy and PracticeThe UN has been engaged in support to security sector reform (SSR) processes for over two decades. Despite significant advances, many challenges to SSR support remain in practice. Against this background, DCAF – the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, published an edited volume – The UN and SSR. Policy and Practice – which draws from the experiences of UN practitioners, combined with those of external experts on SSR, to explore avenues for strengthening the UN’s approach to SSR support. The edited volume highlights that the main problem is not the UN’s extensive policy framework. It is rather the disconnect between institutional policy and operational practice. For instance, despite clarity in policy frameworks that SSR should always be implemented towards political solutions, in practice, approaches are often technical in nature, and consequently, unlikely to bring about transformative change. The UN Secretary-General’s third Report on SSR, released in March 2022, advances an ambitious agenda for shaping the UN’s future SSR engagement. The roundtable will critically discuss the relevance of the book’s recommendations, not least in the context of the new Report. It will thus aim to identify evidence-based solutions for rendering the UN more fit for purpose to meet its goals.

  • Speakers

    • HEINER HANGGI resized Heiner Hänggi
      Heiner Hänggi
      University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
    • Adedeji Ebo
      United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (United States)
    • Snezana Vuksa-Coffman
      United Nations Department of Peace Operations (United States)
    • Christophe Pradier
      United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (United States)
    • Badreddine El Harti
      United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
  • Chair

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      Vincenza Scherrer
      Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (Switzerland)