Australia and South Africa play key roles in peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in the Asia-Pacific and Africa respectively as direct contributors and through multilateral bodies such as the UN Security Council and the African Union (AU).
During the month of September, Australia holds the Presidency of the UN Security Council, the centrepiece of which will be a high level event on small arms on 26 September in New York. This issue is especially relevant in Africa where small arms and light weapons have been used in conflict zones with devastating consequences. A particular focus during the month will be the role of women in peace and security.
Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping missions in the Asia-Pacific, such as the decade-long peacebuilding mission in the Solomon Islands, is an example of a mission that is transitioning to the final phase of handing over responsibility to the national government. Lessons can be learned from Australia’s involvement, which has progressed from a military-focused peacekeeping role to a policing and capacity building operation.
Chair: Ben Coetzee, Programme Manager, Arms Management Programme, ISS Pretoria
- Graeme Wilson, Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa will speak on Australia and peacekeeping: views from the UNSC and lessons learned from the Asia-Pacific.
- Andre Roux, Senior Researcher, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Division, ISS Pretoria will speak on peacekeeping and the lessons learned in Africa.
- Nelson Alusala, UN Group of Experts on DRC will speak on peacekeeping in the context of the current arms control situation in the DRC.
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