The United Nations needs to improve its partnership with its member states to be able to better respond to and address the needs of countries emerging from conflicts, according to a report published by a senior advisory group tasked by the U.N. to review the civilian capacities that the international community provides in the immediate aftermath of conflict situations.
The review found that the United Nations has been struggling to recruit and deploy the required expertise to address post-conflict needs and to transfer these skills and knowledge to locals.
The report proposes concrete and practical measures based on ownership, partnership, expertise and nimbleness – a framework the report refers to as “OPEN.” It specifically urges the United Nations to:
- Support core government functions and nurture national capacities as well as improve the economic impact of international interventions.- Establish a new mechanism for civilian partnerships that will allow the United Nations to draw expertise from outside its internal staff. - Leverage the success of the United Nations in addressing humanitarian crises, as well as learning from its limitations. - Use available resources more efficiently and effectively.
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