The United Nations today encourages a comprehensive approach to all aspects of its activities. This includes an integrated response between military, police and civilian capacities in the planning, preparation and implementation of UN peace operations and interventions. The United Nations now has some 65 years experience in dealing with international conflict and post conflict environments, and during that period the world, the United Nations and Member States have all come to realise that there is no simple solution to the international vision outlined in the UN Charter to prevent the scourge of war, and that all avenues and capabilities must be used to achieve that end. Over that period huge changes have occurred to the world, there has been broad normative debate on international responsibilities, agreements and standards, there has been the growth of a large number of regional and sub-regional organisations that focus on collective security arrangements, and some 141 new Member States have joined the United Nations to bring its membership today to 192. Nevertheless, conflict has persisted with an average of about 30 wars and armed conflicts occurring each year.
Major General Tim Ford, AO (Retd)
Tim Ford is based in Sydney as an international peace and security consultant.
He retired from the Australian Army in 2003, following an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force and the United Nations. During his military career, General Ford served in awide variety of command, staff, and training appointments in Australia and overseas, including operational service in South Vietnam. He was promoted to Major General in1996 to assume command of the Australian 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters. From 1998 until 2002, Major General Ford served in a number of high ranking United Nations peacekeeping appointments including as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East, and as the Chief Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at UN Headquarters, New York. At present Tim is also the Vice Chair of the Peace Operations Training Institute, Representative Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, and the Chairman of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project.