Panel Discussion: “UN peacekeeping operations: overview, current situation and challenges”

pkThe Belgian Ministry of Defense and The United Nations in Brussels, invite you to a panel discussion on:

“UN peacekeeping operations: overview, current situation and challenges”

On 29 May, the UN will commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

With around 120,000 men and women serving in 16 missions, UN peacekeeping operations receive significant attention in the media and among the public.

In order to address specific situations, peacekeeping operations have become increasingly complex over the years.

However, the UN continues to face considerable political, security, operational, financial and institutional challenges which make its work in this field increasingly difficult.

In light of current events, the panel discussion will tackle questions such as: what is the situation in UN peacekeeping today? How to address challenges pertaining to the protection of civilians as well as the strengthening of partnerships with regional organizations?


– Pieter De Crem, Belgian Defense Minister;

– Marco Bianchini, Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels;

– Antoine Gérard, Head of the UNOCHA Liaison Office in Brussels.

The panel members will each give short 10-15 minute introduction followed by a debate.


29 May 2012, 09.00-12.00


Royal Military Academy, Hobbemastraat 8, 1000 Brussels

Language of presentations: English with Dutch and French interpretation.

Registration: [email protected]

For more information:

Didier Deweerdt: [email protected] Tel. +32 (0) 473.861 636

Alexandra Froger: [email protected] Tel. +32 (0)2 788.84.61

Jean-Luc Onckelinx : [email protected] Tel. +32 (0) 476 215 485