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SIPRI co-hosts event on improving the effectiveness of UN peace operations against climate-related impacts

SIPRI co-hosts event on improving the effectiveness of UN peace operations against climate-related impacts
Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Director of the Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme, during the session on ‘Operational Resilience and Climate-related Impacts’

As part of the Climate-related peace and security risks project, SIPRI co-hosted an expert roundtable on maintaining the operational resilience of peacekeeping operations in the face of climate-related disruptions. The event was held on 10 May in New York.

SIPRI was represented by Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Director of the Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme, who was a panellist in the session ‘Operational Resilience and Climate-related Impacts’, and Dr Florian Krampe, Director of the Climate Change and Risk Programme, who delivered closing remarks.

This roundtable discussion brought together United Nations member states, including troop- and police-contributing countries, and representatives of the UN system, civil society and research institutes to reflect on and advance the existing knowledge on how UN peacekeeping operations can enhance their resilience and safeguard mandate continuity when faced with extreme weather events or other climate-related impacts. It also assessed the capabilities that troop- and police-contributing countries and the UN Secretariat may need to adopt to ensure that peacekeeping operations are able to continue to carry out their mandates, including the protection of civilians and support to humanitarian assistance, when faced with climate-related shocks.

The event was co-organized by SIPRI, the UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO), the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).