UN Public Affairs presents

The Current State of UN Peacekeeping Missions
and Reform

Michel Bonnardeaux
United Nations Public Affairs Officer


Thursday, November 18, 2010
6:30-7:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Steelcase, Inc.
4 Columbus Circle (58th Street & Eighth Avenue)
New York, NY



Over the past six decades, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into a complex and global undertaking. During this time, the conduct of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has been guided by a largely unwritten body of principles and informed by the experiences of the many thousands of men and women who have served in the more than 60 operations launched since 1948.

The spectrum of contemporary peace operations has become increasingly broad and includes both UN-led peace operations, as well as those conducted by other actors, normally with the authorization of the Security Council. The specific focus of this presentation is to highlight the new challenges posed by the shifting nature of conflict, from inter-state to intra-state conflicts.

Michel Bonnardeaux is currently with the Public Affairs Section in the Department of Peacekeeping operations (DPKO) at United Nations Headquarters. Prior to this, he worked as Chief Public Information for MINURCAT, the UN mission in Chad and the Central African Republic, where he also served as Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General. He was deployed to Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January 2010 to head up public information efforts for MINUSTAH, the UN mission in Haiti. He has served as Spokesperson for MONUC, the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and as Producer for Radio Okapi. He also served as Public Information Manager for OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Congo.

Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Bonnardeaux worked with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation set up under the NAFTA treaty and as a communications specialist in the private sector. He received a B.A. in International Relations from McGill University, an L.L.B. Law Degree from the University of Quebec, and an M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Concordia University in Canada.