UN: Ban urges shared responsibility to enhance UN peace agenda

New York, US (PANA) - With the continuing rise in interlinked political crises and challenges round the world, UN member states must draw on shared expertise supported by a multilateral peace and security architecture to attain a more peaceful future for all, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday in New York.

Ban, who briefed the UN Security Council at an informal meeting on UN peace operations, peacebuilding architecture and the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, said: "Success demands a strong sense of shared responsibility among UN member states and between them and the UN Secretariat."

PANA in New York reports that the meeting also dwell on the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the most recent reviews on UN peace operations.

The UN chief said: "We must keep this in sharp focus going forward", noting that, "the UN reviews make common calls for more effective conflict prevention, stronger partnerships, more predictable financing, and greater participation of women and youth."

On the issue of peace operations, he noted that the recommendations he had made in response to the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations were now being carried out.

In that vein, he stressed the importance of improving system-wide planning and analysis, and of having UN partners work together to improve early response strategies and transitions.

"Peace operations must be flexible. They must be tailored to prevailing conditions. And they must benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the operating environment," Ban said.

The UN chief said that, in order to be more agile, key administrative and logistical processes were being reviewed to see how they can better support operations. Following that, Secretariat policies and procedures will be examined more broadly in order to be more responsive.

He also said that, priority was being given to realizing the potential of the UN's uniformed personnel, recalling that, "a productive review of the Police Division had just been completed ahead of the Chiefs of Police Summit this past week".

He also noted that UN member states will have a chance to advance progress this September at the defence ministerial conference in London, saying: "There, we can examine our new, strategic approach to force generation and efforts to enhance performance."

Expressing hope that UN member states will pledge new units and deploy them, the UN chief also called on member states to furnish high-quality personnel for the UN's operations, appealing for more female and Francophone peacekeepers in particular.

"We must also be bold in confronting the disturbing and deplorable problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. I am acting decisively to stop this crime and I urgently need UN member states to match this resolve," he said, adding that the UN is striving to better assist victims, end impunity and ensure accountability.

Ban also said that the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council have adopted historic
resolutions that recognize the inclusive nature of sustaining peace.

"They also underscore that sustaining peace is a core United Nations responsibility, and member states are enthusiastically maintaining the momentum."

He disclosed that the implementation framework will bring together senior officials of all concerned entities, stating that, the collaboration with partners such as the African Union (AU) and World Bank was already being strengthened.

He noted that the Peacebuilding Commission has broadened its scope, and will soon adopt a gender policy, and encouraged member states to strengthen the Commission's advisory role to the Security Council to reflect the growing consensus on preventing conflict and sustaining peace.

The UN chief said that his successor will prepare a report to the UN General Assembly on major issues related to peacebuilding, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson already developing options for the report on the critical issue of funding.

On the Security Council resolution on women, peace and security, Ban said that the Global Study and High-Level Review presented the strongest evidence yet that women's empowerment transforms societies.

He recalled that the Security Council had reflected the Global Study's recommendations in its
resolution 2242 (2015), as well as followed up by establishing an Informal Experts Group on women,peace and security, which had already met to discuss Iraq and Mali.

He also noted that the Global Acceleration Instrument had been established to channel resources to civil society actors working on women, peace and security issues.

Ban also noted progress on his Seven-Point Action Plan on gender-responsive peacebuilding, and that the UN Peacebuilding Fund is the first entity that reached the target of 15 per cent allocation for projects focusing principally on gender equality and women's empowerment.

"The reviews set out ambitious agendas that demand your commitment. We need member states to take responsibility, engage fully and make political and financial investments for success," he said.

The UN chief also called on member states to help end fragmentation, noting that the resolutions on sustaining peace, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Human Rights Up Front initiative and the Commitment to Action of the World Humanitarian Summit all aim for comprehensive approaches.

"Member states should also focus on prevention, as all three reviews call for putting conflict
prevention at the heart of the UN's work. These reviews and the World Humanitarian Summit
showed that we are stretched to the breaking point.

"We have to finally invest more in preventing violent conflicts, ending existing ones and
avoiding any relapse," he said.

Ban said that, while all three reviews praised the Peacebuilding Fund, the Fund faces a desperate funding shortfall, but thanked those member states that will hold a pledging conference for the Fund in September.

He also urged urged all member states to make a contribution.

The UN chief said: "The migration and refugee crisis has caused some member states to
channel resources to domestic responses, but this should not be at the expense of the UN's
ability to prevent and tackle the underlying causes that force people to fllee."

"Let me be clear: the reviews call for ambitious responses to dire threats.The reaction
cannot be business-as-usual. I count on you to help the United Nations give real meaning
to these reviews by making good on their recommendations," he concluded.
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