Report

Progress on UN Peacekeeping reform: HIPPO and beyond

October 25th 2017 - 09:14

UN peace operations increasingly find themselves deployed in countries where there is no peace to keep, where insurgencies are ongoing, and where peacekeepers face asymmetric threats. In these environments, UN peace operations are asked to perform increasingly challenging tasks to assist governments and to stabilise countries. This requires adequate UN mandates, as well as appropriate military and civilian means. There is also a continuing urgent need to address the issues of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers.

Almost 15 years after the Brahimi Report, in October 2014, then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) to find answers to these challenges. Its findings were published in June 2015 in its report: Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People. In over 100 pages and more than 100 recommendations, the report called for change. 

This report looks at five key issues that were addressed in the HIPPO report and which require attention to make UN peace operations more effective in the face of current challenges.

The report is a collaboration between the Clingendael Institute, HCSS and SIPRI. 

Authors: Jaïr van der Lijn, Robert de Rave, Timo Smit, Rianne Siebenga. 

Colonel Robert de Rave started his military career in 1979 as an officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. On graduation in 1982, he began his military flying training at the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, U.S.A., subsequently receiving his Military Jet Pilot wings. In the following years he was posted to Twente Air Base, the Führungs Akademie in Hamburg and Volkel Airbase.