The UN in complex conflict settings

Together with UNDP Sweden we are excited to present a new event in our UN Talks series.

Event details

Date:5 May 2022
Venue:Musiksalen, Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm

Complex conflict settings present the United Nations with a unique set of challenges. Often characterised by concurrent political, humanitarian and developmental crises as well as high levels of violence and the absence of functioning public institutions, these settings require significant amounts of assistance. Ultimately, this places substantial demands on UN leadership, coordination and operational support.

Drawing on over 75 years of experience, this seminar dug deeper into the UN’s role in complex conflict settings. What are the primary institutional tools and incentives supporting integrated UN responses? How do we break down the divide between humanitarian and development support in times of crises? How can UN leaders navigate the various competing internal and external demands?  And what kind of support from Member States and the broader UN system is needed to ensure effective UN leadership in settings of crisis and conflict?


Kanni Wignaraja
UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Michael Hjelmåker
Deputy Director, Department for UN Policy, Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, MFA

Petra Tötterman Andorff
Secretary-General, Kvinna till Kvinna

Per Karlsson
Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden, Kabul

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The seminar is part of the #UNTalks series, jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden, which aims to contribute to critical reflection on and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.

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