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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Delivering the Compact: Towards a More Capable and Gender-Balanced EU Civilian CSDP

    This SIPRI research paper examines the progress made in the secondment of personnel and representation of women in CSDP missions since the adoption of the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact. Its analysis is supported by an extensive review of mission's human resources reports and gender-disaggregated statistics. Based on the current implementation of the 2018 Compact and its lessons learned, it provides recommendations for the 2023 CSDP Civilian Compact.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Leadership and Management
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Women in Multilateral Peace Operations in 2022: What is the State of Play?

    This infographic looks at the data on women's representation in multilateral peace operations (UN peace operations, EU CSDP missions and operations, and OSCE field operations) over the period 2013-2022. It aims to monitor progress and improve transparency in order to inform the debate on the future of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and refine strategies to address potential gaps.
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation

    Strengthening CSDP-JHA Cooperation: Building a Harmonised Narrative - Presentation of Results and Follow-up

    This overview aims to present the key findings and suggested ways to strengthen CSDP-JHA cooperation, based on three workshops held in 2021 and 2022, bringing Member States, EU institutions and agencies, and civilian CSDP missions together in a so-called triangular approach. Key findings are categorised under narrative, policy, strategic and operational levels.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Youth Action Plan (YAP) in EU External Action 2022–2027

    The first ever Youth Action Plan provides a political framework and operational roadmap for a strategic partnership with young people in the EU's external action. Its main priority is to ensure youth ownership of EU external action and thus accelerate progress towards sustainable development, equality and peace, in line with international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or the UN Agenda for Youth, Peace and Security.
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Strategic Communication

    Workshop Report: Strengthening CSDP-JHA Cooperation. The Operational Level.

    In a series of three workshops with a triangular approach (EU Member States, EU institutions and the missions), this last one focused on the operational orientation on CSDP-JHA cooperation. Operational examples showcased the added value for Member States, the seconding services and the secondees, among other aspects knowledge and experience transfer from the field into the national services. The missions also showed through these operational examples the value of receiving and returning expertise from and to the Member States.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Report from the CoE Civilian CSDP Summer Forum in Berlin

    On 17 June 2022, 21 EU Member States as well as EEAS- and EC-representatives gathered in Berlin for the CoE Civilian CSDP Summer Forum to reflect in an informal setting on the Level of Ambition (LoA) for civilian CSDP, focusing on type, number, size and geographical scope of civilian CSDP missions.
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    • Strategic Communication

    Communication as a Strategic Challenge – Media Resonance Analysis of the German Engagement in Mali

    This study examines representations by the German Federal Government on its engagement in Mali in German print media and makes recommendations for future communication measures. It is in German, but comes with an executive summary in English outlining its methodology and summarising the recommendations.
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    • Career Path Development

    Conceptualisation of National Career Path Development

    This document provides CoE’s conceptualisation of its priority C – National Career Path Development. In a concise manner, it demonstrates the relevance of the topic in connection to the Civilian Compact implementation, different understandings of national career path development in view of civilian CSPD, as well as offers an overview of the different thematic pillars CoE has identified as aspects affecting national career path development of Experts.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Climate and Security

    Operational Guidelines for Integrating Environmental and Climate Aspects into Civilian CSDP Missions

    These guidelines are a follow-up to the 2020 Climate Change and Defence Roadmap and aim to provide a basic toolbox for the integration of environmental and climate aspects into civilian CSDP missions. Their purpose is manifold: to raise awareness in missions, to optimise the use of resources and energy in missions, to integrate environmental security and environmental crime considerations into mission mandates and, in the long term, to provide host states with best practices in greening the security sector.
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    • Strategic Communication

    Communicating and Raising EU Visibility – Guidance for External Actions

    These official EU guidelines instruct partners in external actions on how to ensure proper visibility and strategic communication of the EU’s role. They cover the use of the EU emblem and funding statement, the conditions for co-branding and derogation and the requirements for strategic communication plans and activities. They provide a useful description of standard use of the EU’s visual identity and a step-by-step guide to formulating a strategic communications plan.
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