Pre-announcement: Apply for the European Union Integrated Approach on Crisis Management Course

The European Union Integrated Approach on Crisis Management Course is conducted within the framework of the Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management (CMC Finland and FINCENT) and under the auspices of the ESDC.

The general objective of the course is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the EU’s Integrated Approach on crisis management within the EU framework, as well as to increase information sharing, collaboration and cooperation among the different actors, namely military, civilian crisis management, humanitarian and development aid actors in the wider context of CFSP/CSDP.

The course is conducted within the framework of the Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management (CMC Finland and FINCENT) and under the auspices of the ESDC.

Application process will start later in 2018. More information will be available soon.

More info of the course.

Young peacebuilders’ workshop: Young Peacebuilders in Middle-East and North-Africa

Twenty young peacebuilders between 18 and 25 years old from 12 MENA (Middle-East and North-Africa) countries will travel to Amman, Jordan, to attend the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) peace workshop, organized in collaboration with GFP.

From the 18th until the 23rd of February 2018, the participants will analyze conflicts, practice peace tools to build bridges between cultures and religions, as well as design a peace project which they will implement after the training.

About the UNAOC Young Peacebuilders programme

The Young Peacebuilders consists of a series of regional workshops that UNAOC intends to implement in different regions of the world to offer competence development to young people and to grow and strengthen the global movement of young peacebuilders. Through this action, UNAOC is committing to support young people’s participation in peacebuilding with a growing coalition of partners.

Read more about Young Peacebuilders here.

GAP Newsletter for January 2018

How does the GAP Game development proceed? Check out GAP’s Newsletter for January 2018.


  • GAP concentrating on end-user focus groups
  • GAP presented at the international sociological conference on trust
  • Evaluating and improving the gap game
  • The gap game as a visual novel
  • Welcome to the Game World

You can also subscribe the GAP newsletter at bottom of the page here.

“Spike in attacks on ‘blue helmets’ means UN peace operations must adap”

With United Nations ‘blue helmets’ facing increasingly grave threats, including armed groups with no interest in peace, the UN peacekeeping chief called on Wednesday for greater political engagement and leadership from the Security Council and the world body’s Member countries to ensure UN troops – and the populations they serve – are better protected.

“We are being attacked by the armed groups who are looting, killing, raping and they have no interest in peaceful solution,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York at a briefing on a new report on reducing casualties among UN peacekeepers.


Read more at UN website.

Peace through gaming: UN Alliance of Civilizations PEACEapp

As part of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) Media and Information Literacy initiatives, UNAOC has been developing a series of projects aiming at the use of ICT, gamified apps, and videogaming platforms as strategic ways of building peaceful understanding among individuals from different cultural and religious backgrounds.


Check out the projects at UNAOC PEACEapp website.

New learning application on CSDP missions

Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention (IECEU) -project launched a new learning application on European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.

The learning environment introduces you to eight selected case studies related to European Union’s crisis management covered by the IECEU project.

After completing these lessons, you will have obtained a basic understanding of the EU processes and institutions which are involved in planning and implementing EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy  missions. Additionally, you will gain understanding of essential concepts and topics related to crisis prevention and crisis management including: comprehensive security, security sector reform (SSR), mentoring, monitoring and advising, and local ownership.

The application can be accessed here.

Please, leave also feedback concerning the application.


Peacekeepers saved many lives despite challenges, UN officials stress at year’s end

“Despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 ‘blue helmets’ killed in hostile acts – the Organization in 2017 completed its peacekeeping objectives in Côte d’Ivoire, refocused its work in Haiti and will soon complete its mandate in Liberia.

“We do protect civilians every day. We do save lives every day. We often do it under very difficult and stressful circumstances,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in a recent interview with UN News.”


Read more at UN News.

UN Security Council: UN peacekeeping operations will keep aiming to reduce their environmental impact

The United Nations Security Council announced that peacekeeping missions will continue to consider ways to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, in line with relevant UN resolutions and mindful of the goals set out in international accords on the environment, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Through an agreed press statement, the 15-member Council reaffirmed the basic principles of peacekeeping, while stressing that it remains cognizant of the possible environmental impact of the peacekeeping operations it mandates.

More at UN website.


EU and NATO cooperation to expand to new areas, including counter-terror; military mobility; women, peace and security

The EU and NATO have agreed 34 new actions as part of the ongoing implementation of the 2016 Joint Declaration. These deepen cooperation and also expand cooperation to new issues, including by addressing military mobility, information sharing in the fight against terrorism, and promoting women’s role in peace and security.


Read more at EEAS’ website.