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.


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