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OLA hosts annual meeting of Field Legal Advisers at UNHQ.
17 and 19 June 2015
The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) hosted the 2015 meeting of Field Legal Officers from 17 to 19 June 2015 at United Nations Headquarters New York. This annual meeting brings together the Legal Advisers or Legal Officers of all Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions to enhance institutionalized contacts, to support knowledge-sharing and to discuss legal matters of common interest. The meeting further serves to improve coordination and communication among the Field Legal Advisers and to promote system-wide legal coherence. The meeting also provides OLA with an opportunity to brief the Field Legal Advisers on current legal issues facing the Organization. The Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Mr. Khare, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jenca, at the opening session of the 2015 Field Legal Officers meeting.
At the high-level opening session on 18 June, the Field Legal Advisers were welcomed by the Legal Counsel, Mr. Serpa Soares, by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Ladsous, by the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Mr. Khare, by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jenca, and by the Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Mr. Mathias. In their remarks, the senior officials briefed the Field Legal Advisers on current challenges and trends regarding peacekeeping and special political missions from the perspective of UN Headquarters New York. All principals stressed the excellent cooperation between OLA, DPKO, DFS and DPA with respect to addressing legal issues arising in United Nations field operations. They commended the Field Legal Officers for their work often carried out under very difficult circumstances and at considerable personal risk.
The “family photo” of the 2015 Field Legal Officers meeting.