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Exploring UN Headquarters: Insights and Perspectives

  • 26 Mar. 2024
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  • Last updated: 26 Mar. 2024 13:54

On Friday, 22 March 2024, Senior Course 144 were received at the United Nations Headquarters, marking a pivotal moment in their educational experience and underscoring the importance of strategic foresight in addressing global challenges. Course Members were privy to critical evaluations of the role of international organizations in promoting peace and security.

Senior Course 144 attending a lecture

During their visit to the UN, Course Members gained invaluable insights into the complexities of international peacekeeping efforts through direct engagement with practitioners. They were shown the intricacies of global diplomacy and peacekeeping operations, directly aligning with the Field Study’s learning goals. Their interactions provided a deep understanding of multilateral cooperation and negotiation processes, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. Moreover, observing decision-making processes and the structures of peacekeeping missions enhanced their strategic thinking abilities.

The academic day commenced with a warm welcome from Ms Nathalie Broadhurst, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, setting the stage for engaging discussions on peace and security within the UN framework. Ms Broadhurst covered a range of crucial topics, from hurdles in negotiation to humanitarian crises, highlighting the essential role of peacekeeping operations. She spoke of how peacekeeping operations should be seen as a complementary rather than a definitive solution, and underscored the importance of acknowledging the levels of regional conflictuality.

A panel discussion with Military Advisors from NATO, including Brigadier General Vincent de Kytspotter (France), Colonel Brian Dunn (USA), and Colonel Carl Harris (UK), delved into UN peacekeeping challenges. They explored the ongoing relevance of peacekeeping operations amid global challenges and stressed the critical need to enhance UN credibility through effective conflict prevention and resolution strategies. Discussion points included the complexities of UN peacekeeping operations, the impact of political crises on multilateralism, and critiques of unclear UN mandates. The session also highlighted the need for clearer regional responsibilities and addressed issues such as the African Union's challenges, conflict prevention, the role of China, and deterrence strategies. The ensuing exchange of ideas during the Q&A session facilitated a deeper understanding of peacekeeping operations and future prospects.

Brigadier General Nazmul Haq, Chief of Staff at the Office of Military Affairs within the UN Department of Peace Operations, delivered a comprehensive overview of the UN's involvement in conflict prevention and peacekeeping endeavors. His presentation shed light on the operational framework, legal principles, and prevailing challenges faced by peacekeeping missions globally. General Haq delved into peacekeeping operations (PKOs), offering insights into ongoing missions, discussing associated challenges, and elucidating the legal framework and guiding principles governing these operations. Transitioning to the organizational structure, General Haq detailed the roles, priorities, and tasks of the Office of the Military Advisor, the operational authority overseeing peacekeeping efforts.

The visit culminated in a captivating tour of the UN premises, offering participants a glimpse into the corridors of international diplomacy. Exploring iconic landmarks such as the General Assembly Hall and Security Council Chamber served as a poignant reminder of the organization's enduring commitment to global peace and cooperation.

Senior Course 144 left the United Nations Headquarters enriched with newfound insights and perspectives, contributing meaningfully to the discourse on international security and diplomacy and with a new experience that will undoubtedly shape their understanding of global affairs.

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