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The Road to a Lasting Peace

28/05/2021 (12:30-13:45)

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Leveraging the Power of Youth for Peace and Security, International Day of UN Peacekeepers

This year the challenges and threats faced by UN Peacekeepers are even greater than ever. Like people around the world, they are having to cope not only with the COVID-19 pandemic but also the continued requirement to support and protect others in the countries in which they are based.

Join De Montfort University (DMU) to mark the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers with a special event: "The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security" with talks from leading experts from around the world.

Welcome: DMU VC Professor Katie Normington, DMU

Event Chair: Dr Simon Oldroyd, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of Health and Life Sciences, DMU

Expert speakers at the event include:

Colonel Oliver Nurton Senior Military Adviser to the UK Mission to the United Nations, overseeing UK deployments and military advice.

Phelim Brady, UK Mission to the United Nations lead on peacekeeping reform, with responsibility for a number of individual peacekeeping missions in the Security Council.

Dr Richard Smith is the Head of the Cyber Security Centre research group at DMU with expertise in Cyber-peacekeeping.

Geoffrey Faraday, DMU Graduate, a Military Liaison Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan soon after the civil war was declared in 2014. Who has since transferred from the military to working with humanitarian organisations in the Middle East and East Africa.

Professor Julia J.A. Shaw, Professor of Law and Social Justice, and Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Society, DMU

A British soldier currently serving as UN peacekeeper in Mali (TBC), supporting the transitional authorities to ensure security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation.

This event has been organised by De Montfort University as part of its role as United Nations Academic Impact hub for Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, in collaboration with United Nations Peacekeeping.


Bookings will close 1 hour prior to the start of the event, and registrants will receive a link to join the online event 24hrs before the event, via their provided email address.

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This event is open to all.

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