José Ramos-Horta, former President and now Minister of State and Counsellor for National Security of the new Government of Timor-Leste is appointed member of UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Board on Mediation (13/09/2017)


The Advisory Board on Mediation includes Jean-Marie Guéhenno (France) had served as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore) had served as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and as Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).


New UN Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix commends Japan’s supports of UN peacekeeping operations, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises Japan’s further contribution. (28/06/2017)


Peacekeeping must strengthen civilian capacities for protection, as effective protection requires a whole-of-mission effort. To that end, developing comprehensive strategies that incorporate all mission personnel and the capacities of UN humanitarian and development actors is essential, as is close cooperation and support to regional organizations. Improving the role of civilian personnel in strengthening the capacities of host governments and supporting communities with the development of community-based protection plans are other important areas requiring further efforts.