On Monday, March 7, 2011, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations John McNee hosted the launch of the Independent report of the Senior Advisory Group on Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict. On this special occasion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the audience, stressing the importance of the report and expressing gratitude to the Senior Advisory Group for its hard work.
Post-conflict affected states and countries are too often faced with a shortage in the civilian capacities needed to ensure sustainable peace. The United Nations and the international community currently face several challenges when recruiting, training and deploying civilians with the appropriate expertise and knowledge. To better meet these challenges, in March 2010, the Secretary-General appointed a Senior Advisory Group to review the civilian capacities provided by the international community in the immediate aftermath of conflict.
A year later, the Group’s report puts forward a vision called “OPEN”, that is, a United Nations that enables Ownership, works in global Partnership, delivers with Expertise and is Nimble in the face of change. To read the report in full, please visit the official website.
Distinguished member states, guests and colleagues attended the launch, among whom were Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, chairman of the Senior Advisory Group, H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia and member of the Senior Advisory Group, and H.E. Mr. Hasan Kleib, Permanent Representative of Indonesia and co-chair of the Consultative Group on the Civilian Capacity Review. All underlined the great value of the report and the importance of implementing its recommendations as quickly as possible.