‘To increase the chances that peace will last, you need to have women involved’: An Interview with LENA SUNDH

Experts Take January, 2024

With United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping marking its 75th anniversary in 2023, ISDP’s Clara Stäbler and Tove Jalmerud, interns of the Asia Program and the Stockholm China Center, sat down with Swedish diplomat (retd.) Lena Sundh, to discuss her professional experience and the broader significance of women’s participation in peacekeeping operations and their representation in this critical field. Since the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in 2000 – which highlighted the importance of women’s full participation in peace and security processes – efforts have been made to bolster women’s engagement in peacekeeping, but women are still underrepresented
in this area.

Lena Sundh is a retired Swedish diplomat who brings a wealth of experience in peace, stability, conflict resolution, and gender equality to our discussion. She carries years of experience in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the UN, at which she has served in various key positions such as the Ambassador to Angola, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of Congo with MONUC, and Head of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal. Her commitment to international diplomacy and human rights has made a significant impact on various conflicts and peace efforts.

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