UN: UN chief calls for enhancement of UN peacekeeping operations

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday appealed to senior military
officials for more troop contributions from their countries, as well as other nations around the
world to beef up UN peacekeeping missions and achieve the desired objective of peace and
stability in troubled areas.

Speaking at the first-ever UN Chiefs of Defence Conference in New York, Ban said: "We need unity and backing from troop contributing countries, and effective performance demands broad consensus on why, where and how peacekeepers carry out their mandates."

The event brings together chiefs of defence and senior military officials from more than 100 UN member states to discuss issues central to UN Peacekeeping as part of a wider process of engagement by the UN with member states to expand the peacekeeping partnership and promote effective and efficient implementation of mandates.

He told the military officers that threats to peacekeepers were on the rise, with more deaths
year-on-year now than ever before.

He stated: "Before 2000, there were four times when more than 100 peacekeepers lost their
lives in a single year. Since then, we have suffered that tragic toll ten times. Consecutively, 10 times."

After a moment of silence was marked for fallen peacekeepers, the UN chief went on to stress the dangers faced by UN peacekeepers as they protect innocent lives "on the front lines of human misery" in some of the world's most dangerous places.

"Over the past two decades, the UN Security Council has given peacekeepers increasingly
challenging mandates," Ban said, pointing to Mali and the Central African Republic.

"Even in traditionally static missions, such as UNDOF, in the Golan Heights, there can be sudden changes in the operating environment," he noted.

He said the role of peacekeeping was first and foremost to protect civilians from violence,
stressing that they also helped with stabilisation, the extension of state authority, strengthening the rule of law, addressing gender equality and protecting human rights.

"With such diverse responsibilities, peacekeepers can bring comprehensive stability, when they have the right capabilities and political will to succeed, and the needs are rising, but the resources fall short, and as a result, I have appointed a High-Level Independent Panel to address the serious difficulties we face.

"In a dangerously complex global security landscape, marked by terrorism, organized crime, civil conflicts and even health crises, peacekeepers were being given increasingly challenging mandates by the Security Council," Ban stated.

The secretary-general also disclosed that more than 130,000 military, police and civilian staff from around the world today serve in the UN's 16 peacekeeping operations.

"This is our largest deployment in history. It must be matched by a stronger international
partnership for peacekeeping, and it is a shared global responsibility that advances the
world's common interests," he stressed.

He also noted that peacekeepers should be able to rapidly deploy into active conflicts that may escalate at any moment, with capacity to move peacekeepers quickly and safely to where they are most needed, and with intelligence capabilities and other support to enable them to fulfill their mandates.
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