UN: UN chief unveils measures to strengthen peacekeeping operations, tackle abuses

New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented his agenda to strengthen UN peacekeeping operations, including setting out three fundamental changes urgently required to adapt operations to new realities, as well as measures to root out sexual exploitation and abuse.

UN statement on Monday in New York quoted Ban as saying: "The fundamentals of UN peace
operations will not change. Our job is to support the negotiated settlement of conflicts and to
protect civilians and advance their right to security, justice and development."

"It is essential that we are accountable and responsive to the needs of the people we serve," the UN chief said in a report, entitled: "The Future of UN Peace Operations".

The report contains the Secretary-General’s agenda to take forward the recommendations of the High-Level Independent Panel, set up in October 2014 and chaired by President Jose Ramos-Horta to examine how the full range of UN peace operations can be harnessed to address the spread and intensity of conflict today.

He stated: "I asked the Panel to be bold in their recommendations on how UN peace operations can be strengthened to better meet today’s challenges, and today, I present my agenda to take forward the Panel’s recommendations."

"i set out what I believe to be the priorities for UN peace operations and the steps we need to
take to achieve them. In so doing, I draw on my experiences over the past eight years and the
Panel’s comprehensive recommendations," he noted.  

The UN chief outlined three fundamental changes that are urgently required to adapt UN peace
operations to current and future challenges, adding that the report contains a detailed action
plan to set these changes in motion.

"First, we need to prioritise prevention and mediation if we are to break the cycle of responding too late and too expensively.

"Second, we need to change the way we plan and conduct UN peace operations to make them
faster, more responsive and more accountable to countries and people in conflict.

"Third, we must put in place a global-regional framework to manage today’s peace and security challenges, and that this must start with a reinforced partnership between the UN and the African Union," he stated.

Ban said: "Critically, we cannot be the source of additional suffering. My report therefore
outlines over a dozen new measures I am taking to rid the United Nations of heinous sexual exploitation and abuse."

He also noted that the report of the 16-member Panel came 15 years after the release of the
groundbreaking Brahimi Report, named after long-time UN adviser and renowned Algerian
diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, who chaired a similar high-level panel convened by former UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Ban emphasized that, "change will only take place if UN member states and partners join me in this effort", noting that the report listed "essential actions" the UN Security Council, UN member states and contributing countries are expected to undertake to strengthen
peacekeeping operations.

"With political engagement and smart and targeted investments we can improve the world’s
response to today’s horrors," he stated.

"The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is the moment to rise to this challenge. I look
forward to working with the entire membership and all partners to advance this agenda," Ban concluded.
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