Guide to the Ministerial

2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial

Overview
Event Title : 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial
Date : December 7(Tue)-8(Wed), 2021
Format : Virtual conference
* Sessions will be live-streamed on the Ministerial's Youtube channel and UN Web TV
Hosted by : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea
Participants : Foreign and defense ministers from 155 members of the Special Committee on PKO (C34), representatives from international organizations, etc.
Cross-cutting Issues Technology and Medical Capacity Building
Agenda Sustaining Peace; Partnerships, Training and Capacity Building; Performance and Accountability; Protection of Civilians and Safety and Security
Program - Tuesday, December 7
19:30~20:00 Opening Ceremony
20:10~21:30 Session Ⅰ: Sustaining Peace
21:40~23:00 Session Ⅱ : Partnership, Training and Capacity Building
- Wednesday, December 8
19:30~20:50 Session Ⅲ : Performance and Accountability
21:00~22:20 Session Ⅳ : Protection of Civilians and Safety & Security
22:30~23:00 Closing Ceremony
※ All the time mentioned is Korea Standard Time (KST)
Program
- Tuesday, December 7
19:30~20:00 Opening Ceremony
20:10~21:30 Session Ⅰ: Sustaining Peace
21:40~23:00 Session Ⅱ : Partnership, Training and Capacity Building
- Wednesday, December 8
19:30~20:50 Session Ⅲ : Performance and Accountability
21:00~22:20 Session Ⅳ : Protection of Civilians and Safety & Security
22:30~23:00 Closing Ceremony
※ All the time mentioned is Korea Standard Time (KST)

Background

The UN Peacekeeping Ministerial is a follow-up conference to the UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping in 2015, which was co-hosted by former President of the United States Barack Obama and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ※ UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping (September 2015, U.S.) → 1st Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial (September 2016, UK) → 2nd Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial (November 2017, Canada) → 3rd Peacekeeping Ministerial (March 2019, UN)

※ Under the idea that peacekeeping requires the concerted efforts of foreign affairs and defense ministries, the title of the conference was changed to the Peacekeeping Ministerial starting from the third meeting where both foreign and defense ministers attended.
The Ministerial is designed to garner the political support for peacekeeping operations from the international community, identify new commitments of countries to strengthen peacekeeping operations and evaluate the implementation of such commitments.
Co-chairs*: The Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Canada, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Indonesia, Japan, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. * Hosts or co-hosts of the UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping (2015) and the Ministerial (2016, 2017)
The UN Peacekeeping Ministerial is a follow-up conference to the UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping in 2015, which was co-hosted by former President of the United States Barack Obama and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

※ UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping (September 2015, U.S.) → 1st Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial (September 2016, UK) → 2nd Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial (November 2017, Canada) → 3rd Peacekeeping Ministerial (March 2019, UN)

※ Under the idea that peacekeeping requires the concerted efforts of foreign affairs and defense ministries, the title of the conference was changed to the Peacekeeping Ministerial starting from the third meeting where both foreign and defense ministers attended.

The Ministerial is designed to garner the political support for peacekeeping operations from the international community, identify new commitments of countries to strengthen peacekeeping operations and evaluate the implementation of such commitments.
Co-chairs*: The Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Canada, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Indonesia, Japan, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

* Hosts or co-hosts of the UN Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping (2015) and the Ministerial (2016, 2017)

Ministerial Objective

The objective of the 2021 Ministerial is to strengthen UN peacekeeping, including by improving the performance and impact of UN peacekeeping operations in line with A4P+; and to further this objective, close capability gaps through concrete pledges including by facilitating new and sustainable partnerships while strengthening existing ones.