Date: 24 October 2008
Venue: Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations

Coordinator: David Koschel


The need for increased integration, harmonization and coordination has been a recurring theme in international responses to post-conflict situations in recent years. Within the United Nations system, in international and regional bodies, efforts towards greater coherence at headquarters and in the field are underway. In addition, a number of national Governments are championing inter-ministerial and -departmental coordination to concurrently address development, security and governance concerns in post-conflict settings.

This seminar will discuss the interplay between different efforts at addressing the connections between security, governance and development in post-conflict contexts, focusing in particular on stabilisation, peacebuilding and recovery. It creates a forum for sharing different perspectives on these contested issues, including questions of feasibility, accountability, impact assessment and terminology.

Working Documents (pdf):

Overview: Comprehensive Approach
Mr. Cedric de Coning, Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)

Comprehensive Approaches to Post-conflict Situations: The UN Peacebuilding Architecture
H.E. Mr. Yukio Takasu, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, Chairman, PBC Organizing Committee

Case Sudy: Liberia
H.E. Mr. Nathaniel Barnes, Ambassador of Liberia to the United States, Washington D.C.

Overview of START and the Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF): Mobilizing Canada’s Capacity for International Crisis Response
Mr. Robert Derouin, Director General, Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), Canada

Summary report of the seminar discussions

Key literature reading list with links to relevant reports

Information note on the seminar focus and organization

Seminar programme