Peace & Development Advisor
  United Nations


Areas of Expertise
Climate Change, Disarmament, Electoral Assistance, Fragile States, Human Security, International Development, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa

Patrick Mc Carthy is a UN Peace & Development Advisor, currently based in N’Djamena, Chad. He works with the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Agencies, government and civil society to help prevent conflict and build peace.

Before being deployed to Chad in June 2018, Patrick worked for 10 years with the UN Development Programme, first as a Programme Specialist with the Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery in Geneva (2008-2012) and then as a Policy Specialist with the Bureau for Policy & Programme Support in New York (2012-2018).

Before joining the UN, Patrick worked for 11 years on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and humanitarian arms control in international organisations (OSCE), academic institutions (Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva), NGOs (International Peace Bureau and Irish Peace Institute) and the private sector (World Economic Forum).

Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Political & Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, as well as a master’s degree in International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick in Ireland, his home country. During his studies, he was an Erasmus scholar at the University of Konstanz in Germany (1989/90) and a visiting doctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley in the USA (2005/6). Patrick has written a (the) book on the design of international institutions (“Hierarchy & Flexibility in World Politics”) and has published widely on international peace and security, including in the peer-reviewed journals ‘Global Governance’ and ‘International Peacekeeping.’

Recent Publications
Incorporating Smart Weapons Technology into International Frameworks and Standards (Bonn International Centre for Conversion, 2013).

Deconstructing Disarmament: The challenge of making the disarmament and arms control machinery responsive to the humanitarian imperative (UNIDIR, 2005).

Scratching the Surface of a Global Scourge: The first five years of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNIDIR, 2005)

The Geneva Process on Small Arms: Monitoring and Promoting Implementation of the UN Programme of Action (Small Arms Survey, 2004).

Building a Reliable Rapid-Reaction Capability for the United Nations (International Peacekeeping, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2000, pp. 139-154).

Prevention, Resolution and Transformation of Violent Conflict (The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century — UN Document A/54/98).

Hierarchy and Flexibility in World Politics: Adaptations to shifting power distributions in the United Nations Security Council and the International Monetary Fund (Ashgate, 1998).

Positionality, Tension and Instability in the UN Security Council (Global Governance, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1997, pp. 147-169).