This edition presents the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for peace building missions and sending organizations, especially in meeting their duty of care responsibilities for seconded staff. Together, they have put in place new priorities which allow for safe but also effective working conditions, as evidenced by contributions from Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, South Sudan and Somalia.
This issue focuses on Swiss specialists in peacekeeping training centres in Africa. To mark the return of the 100th UN Youth Volunteer (UNVY) deployed by the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding we look back at the first UNVY, who worked for the UNHCR in Indonesia in 2005/2006. He later completed assignments in Chad, Sweden and Palestine and has continued to work in the human rights field to this day.
This latest edition focuses on recruiting experts for field operations. Police deployments on peacebuilding missions are the subject of one article, illustrated by Switzerland's engagement in Mali. A further article looks at mediation within the OSCE. Another recounts a day in the life of a young UN volunteer in Mexico.
This issue assesses the progress achieved and new challenges faced in implementing the anti-personnel mine ban convention. The 4th Review Conference, to be held in Oslo in November 2019, will provide an opportunity to renew the treaty's commitment to a mine-free world in response to some recent, worrying statistics. In addition, we look back on the 30th anniversary of Switzerland's participation in international election observation missions.
On 23 June 1999, the Federal Council made the decision to participate in the UN military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Since then, 620 women and 7,880 men have been involved in peacekeeping operations with the ‘Swiss Company’, abbreviated to SWISSCOY. This latest edition of ‘Swiss Peace Supporter’ tracks the progress of the peacekeeping mission. It also includes eye-witness reports of election monitoring in Ukraine and Nigeria.
Switzerland's successful history of international peace support operations began 30 years ago with a contingent dispatched to the United Nations mission in Namibia. This edition of Swiss Peace Supporter looks back on the contributions made by Switzerland to peace support operations since 1989. A captivating account by Adolf Ogi and reports from the field will give you an insight into Switzerland's engagement in the UN.
Situation monitoring is essential in peace support, which relies on accurate, unbiased information –information gathered by independent observers, who are the focus of this issue. How do you become an UN military observer? What does an election observer do? Why is the OSCE monitoring the issue of language in Odessa in Ukraine?
“Capacity development – turning knowledge into practice” is a multifaceted concept and a key component of international cooperation. How can people be empowered to act? How can police capacities be strengthened in crisis-stricken countries such as Mali? What role do international organisations play in this? Apart from the focus topic, the 03/18 edition also includes articles from Ukraine and Colombia.
The latest edition of SPS focuses on 'Kosovo, a country in transition', with articles on SWISSCOY's move from a field camp in Prizren to Camp Novo Selo, dealing with the past and this young state's long path to democratization. In addition to the focus theme, this edition also includes current reports from Colombia, Western Sahara and the Central African Republic.
The Korean peninsula has been in the headlines recently. The media has reported on the Winter Olympics, North Korea's nuclear programme, a North Korean defector and, most recently, the willingness of North and South Korea to engage in talks. The latest edition of SPS (1/18) focuses on the Korean Peninsula and also contains reports about recent developments in Kashmir, Mexico and Zimbabwe.
How can you maintain your connection with home? Peacebuilding specialists working in the field often have to cope with difficult living conditions. They are also separated from their families and friends for long periods of time. The 4/17 edition of SPS looks at how to maintain contact between the mission and home base over distance and time.
The 2011 protest movements and uprisings triggered lengthy processes with uncertain outcomes in the countries of North Africa. What is left today of what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'? What foreign policy should Switzerland pursue in this region? This SPS provides an overview of the transition in North Africa and explains how Switzerland promotes peaceful change in the region.