UN moves towards "rightsizing" of peacekeeping missionsListen /
The United Nations is moving towards what has been described as "rightsizing" of its peacekeeping operations.
That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsous told reporters on Monday.
He said that for the first time in many years a UN peacekeeping operation will close, with the conclusion of the mission in Timor Leste by the end of the year.
Mr. Ladsous said that he has made it a policy to at least review all missions once every two years to ensure that their strengths correspond to what is required on the ground.
"This is what we are doing in Darfur where clearly we are still facing some violence but a reduction in the volume of the mission is, I think, something reasonable. We will be doing the same in Haiti. We will be doing the same in Liberia. I think we have to make sure that we are configured in every situation in an optimal way based on the needs on the ground. So there is this trend towards rightsizing of our missions."
Mr. Ladsous stressed that this trend towards rightsizing is subject to decisions by the Security Council.
He added that there is a need for his department to be increasingly flexible and nimble, particularly in the context of current financial constraints.