Dr. Migiro thanked Ambassador Morten Wetland for personally presenting the results.
“We consider this work as important, and look forward to reading the report”, she said.
The Norwegian Government launched the project in 2006. The purpose was to gather some of the best and brightest minds on this subject for discussions on how to improve integrated peace operations. Participants in came from UN Headquarters, field operations, government and academia.
“The Integrated Missions Project has provided a forum for discussion, and the end result is a set of findings and recommendations drawn from this meetings of many brilliant minds”, said Ambassador Morten Wetland when he presented the findings.
The final conference in Oslo last October showed renewed faith in the UN as the only organization witch can truly integrate peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development. The discussion confirmed that although a number of challenges remains, there is a strong belief that it can be done.
The dramatic increase in the demand for UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations and the ever growing complexity of their mandates, has left the United Nations with many different types of challenges.
In the report Foreign Minister of Norway Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre concludes that: “The task of grapping these challenges should not be left just to the UN Secretariat, agencies, funds, programmes or other multilateral actors. One of the most important lessons from the project is that no single actor can resolve the challenges on their own.
The project covers a wide range of issues such as; improving strategic integration, the need for better alignments among relevant UN entities, the need for stronger leadership and incentives, the necessity to bring politics back onto center stage, the need for stronger field level authority, and looking at solutions to improve and secure long-term funding and commitment and more. For a closer look at findings and recommendations, the final synthesis along with the other regional seminar proceedings can be downloaded from the project website.