United Nations Peacekeeping and CPP

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How should United Nations Peacekeeping address the developing role of cultural heritage in armed conflict? How do cultural heritage issues including those related to sacred places impact on peace and security in mission areas?

In 2014, as a subproject to the NATO SPS CPP, Frederik Rosén conducted a pilot survey together with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations that examined the possible role of cultural heritage projection in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

The findings were presented at a symposium in New York City arranged in cooperation with the Danish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Read the documents from the symposium here.

Already struggling with too many tasks, too little funding, and too difficult missions, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Department of Field Support and UN Member States hesitate to add another policy area to UN Peacekeeping.  

The question is, however, what kind of opportunities better mechanisms for handling issues related to cultural heritage broadly viewed in mission areas offers for UN Peacekeeping?

CHAC’s NATO SPS CPP project involved the UN Secretariat from the start by continuously disseminating knowledge to UN stakeholders who have also participated in the NATO SPS CPP workshop.