Local Ownership and UN Peacebuilding: Discourse vs Operationalization

Event Location: Palais des Nations, United Nations office at Geneva
Event Date: 06/15/2016

In principle, the UN is committed to local ownership in its peace operations in post-conflict states. By protecting the host country’s self-determination and minimizing the degree of external imposition, it believes that local ownership renders peacebuilding more legitimate and sustainable. However, in practice local ownership often takes a back seat to peacebuilding imposed from above and the delivery of concrete results in the short term. The author argued that the UN must make a choice between these two paths and close the gap between the rhetoric and the reality of local ownership in peacebuilding.

Speakers:

Sarah B.K. von Billerbeck, lecturer in International Relations, Kings College London
Alistair Edgar, Director ACUNS