Peace operations are often described as moving from one activity and process to another, from keeping peace to building peace, from protecting people from violent physical threats to protecting human rights and socio-economic development. In practice, however, the peace operations of today unfold in a dynamic manner, constantly adapting to changing conditions and needs on the ground; moving back and forth, up and down, depending on resources, achievements, setbacks, challenges and opportunities.
The exhibition Mission in Motion: Peace Made Possible (partly displayed on this website) tells that story without simplifying what is an inherently complex flow of actions and developments. Developed and curated by the Challenges Forum and Färgfabriken in consultation with the UN Departments for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, the exhibition Mission in Motion: Peace Made Possible is displayed on the outer wall of the General Assembly, in the Visitors’ Lobby of the UN headquarters in New York City from 10 May to 16 June 2016.
This website complements that exhibition with moving images, impressions and voices of key actors involved in or affected by peace operations; coming from the field and headquarters, from UN personnel and Member States including Challenges Forum Partners, from civil society and the general public. Together it forms a larger communication project that sets out to tell the story of UN peace operations through different narratives that can be retold through many different voices and channels. Recognizing the need to go beyond crisis communication, the project discusses the challenges and opportunities that peacekeepers face, as well as the difference that they make every day in the lives of people exposed to violence and conflict around the world.
The website will continue to develop with new video materials being added throughout the year.