World leaders recommit to modernize 120,000-strong UN peacekeeping force
Sept.29, New York: Leaders of more than 50 countries gathered for a summit on United Nations peacekeeping operations to pledge new commitments and strengthen existing capabilities, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying “the demand for peacekeeping has never been greater.”
“We are here together to strengthen United Nations peacekeeping in concrete and meaningful ways,” Secretary-General told the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping, held at UN Headquarters on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly.
The Summit, convened by President Barack Obama of the United States, comes at a time when peacekeeping missions are unprecedented in scale of operation and scope of mandates with 125,000 troops, police and civilian personnel in 16 operations spanning four continents.
Ban said that more than 120 countries currently contributing personnel disarm, demobilize and reintegrate ex-combatants; strengthen rule of law and security institutions; and promote human rights.
The demand for peacekeeping has never been greater, he said. To ensure that UN peacekeeping is up to these and future challenges, Ban spoke of the need “to act urgently, boldly and collectively” to have predictable and effective military capabilities, a qualified police personnel, including more female officers, and a standby reserve for tomorrow.
He also informed the participants that the need to prevent and punish sexual exploitation and abuse, and all troop- and police-contributing countries to act swiftly and decisively to hold perpetrators to account.
The Oslo Times