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SIPRI co-hosts webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on peace operations

SIPRI co-hosts webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on peace operations
Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme, speaking during the webinar on the impact of Covid–19 on peace operations

On 6 October, a SIPRI and United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UNDPO) webinar explored the many impacts of Covid-19 on peace operations.

Presenters focused on the consequences of the pandemic for the global balance of power, global governance and appetite for multilateralism. They also discussed its effects on trust in governance, leadership and democracy, and on respect for human rights as well as how the pandemic has shaped the actions of non-state armed actors. A reflection by a representative of UNDPO and the subsequent discussion further explored the policy implications for organizing and deploying peace operations.

The event was moderated by Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme.

The webinar was organized in the context of the ‘New Geopolitics of Peace Operations’ initiative. The project is supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is conducted in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The webinar was held under the Chatham House Rule.