Local Ownership and UN Peacebuilding: Discourse vs Operationalization

Local Ownership and UN Peacebuilding
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David A. Frech
Event Location: The Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
Event Date: 03/06/2016

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:

H.E. Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway
Sarah B.K. von Billerbeck, lecturer in International Relations, Kings College London
Alistair Edgar, Director ACUNS