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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks with Warren Hoge, IPI Vice President for External Relations, while IPI staff Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Adam Smith, Pim Valdre and Christoph Mikulaschek look on.

Panel Discussions - Thursday, April 30, 2009

IPI Presents Ideas on Strengthening Capacity to Secretary-General

Last week, IPI’s program staff presented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his senior-management team with ideas for action drawn from IPI’s extensive Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity at a meeting at IPI. Each of IPI’s rapporteurs delivered a summary of core findings on chosen topics.

The rapporteurs and the areas each discussed were as follows: Francesco Mancini on the IPI Task Forces and cross-cutting recommendations; James Cockayne on transnational organized crime; Francois Carrel-Billiard on weapons of mass destruction; Pim Valdre on biosecurity; Naureen Chowdhury Fink on global terrorism; Adam Smith on peace operations; Jenna Slotin on peacebuilding; and Christoph Mikulaschek on mediation.

Edward C. Luck, IPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, presented on the responsibility to protect.

This meeting was part of the ongoing work of the Coping with Crisis program and its Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity. The findings of the Task Forces can be found in the Blue Papers series, a set of eleven papers on key global challenges for peace and security which emerged from an intense process of consultation with more than sixty UN member states, half of them at ambassadorial level, and seventy experts in a variety of thematic areas. Each Blue Paper includes a section on why action to strengthen capacity in a particular area is needed and a section on ideas for action.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen at the meeting.

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