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Hope and despair at the HLPF 2019

Reflections on the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019, which this year reviewed some of the most challenging and transformative goals on education, work and economy, inequalities, climate, peace and justice.

Beyond Peace and Dialogue

Before coming to Uppsala, conflict resolution and peacebuilding were phrases that seemed abstract to our reality in the Middle East.

Between internationalism and integrity

Examination of how individual UN bureaucrats balance their loyalty to the international system, and why their personal integrity and loyalty affect the work of the organisation.

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My UN changes for the better

As a 13-year-old girl, I stood outside the United Nations headquarters in New York and looked at the building in awe. This was the organisation that brought the world together. It was here that state boundaries, political affiliations and individual status were momentarily forgotten and everyone worked together to protect some of the most vulnerable […]

Exploring Dag Hammarskjöld’s engaged spirituality

Does the way choose us, or are we as individuals at liberty to have the freedom to choose the way? I was left with that fundamental question to contemplate upon reading the recently released book edited by Hans Kristian Simensen. This carefully crafted volume is based on earlier meditations by Archbishop Emeritus K G Hammar […]

All talk and no action or no action without talk?

Peacekeeping will struggle to be successful if it is not viewed as legitimate by host country populations, donors, troop contributing countries and other beneficiaries. But it will equally struggle to be successful if it is not viewed as legitimate by DPKO staff themselves.

Bolstering civil society in Darwin’s paradise

In this blog Ecuadorian mediator Alicia Arias Salgado explains the crucial role of civil society in managing conflict within the country’s complex political context.