The Center for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) at University of Copenhagen is hosting a seminar with Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari on The Role of the UN in Peacebuilding – Reflections for the Future. It takes place in Copenhagen on November 29. Please see CRICs website for further information.

In view of the challenges of bringing about sustainable peace in a number of conflict affected contexts, the relevance and effectiveness of existing UN mechanisms for promoting peacebuilding are being reassessed. ‘High-level debates’ on human rights and peacebuilding have been held at the UN HQ with the aim of exploring options for improving the existing mechanisms. Other reform agendas include the review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, the Human Rights Up Front Initiative of the UN Secretary-General, and the High Level Commission on Security, Justice & Governance. Ambassador Gambari will share his insights into the current UN reform processes, the opportunities and challenges at global, regional and country level, and possible ways forward for the UN in promoting sustainable peace.

Ibrahim Gambari has held several high-level positions in the UN and as a representative for his home country Nigeria. His last assignment at the United Nations was as the Head of the UN and AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from January 2010 to July 2012. During Ambassador Gambari’s tenure, UNAMID was the world’s largest international peacekeeping mission. Mr. Gambari has held positions such as delegate to the Assembly of the African Union (1984-1985), the first Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa (1999-2005), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission to Angola (2002-2003). Under Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (2005-2007),  UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar,  and Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Iraq Compact and Other Issues (2007-2009). Before joining the United Nations, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (1990-1999). He was also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria (1984-1985) and worked closely with regional leaders, institutions and governments, particularly within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the economic and political development of the sub-region. Prior to this, he was the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. Mr. Gambari was appointed professor in 1983 after 15 years of academic teaching and research at universities in the US and in Nigeria. Together with Madeleine Albright, Mr. Gambari co-chaired the high-level Commission on Security, Justice & Governance which in 2015 launched the report and reform project “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance”.

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Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari