The essence of engaging in dialogue

In this first post in our ‘Talking about Dialogue’ blog series, Sigrid Gruener shares her reflections from our recent roundtable in New York on advancing dialogue in peacebuilding.

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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

Like any other organisation, the UN is not ‘perfect’ and has its fair share of shortcomings. This is a moment of re-evaluation.

Exploring Dag Hammarskjöld’s engaged spirituality

Dag Hammarskjöld’s world was one as secular as it was spiritual. It was the ability to combine both, to find inner strength in the values in order to act politically with determination. The two were inseparable.

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.