Security Council strongly endorses "multidimensional approach" to UN peacekeeping

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The Security Council has endorsed an approach to United Nations peacekeeping that focuses on laying the groundwork for lasting stability in conflict-torn countries.

In a resolution unanimously adopted on Monday, the Council stressed that UN peacekeeping activities should be conducted in a manner that facilitates post-conflict peace building.

It says that such activities should prevent a relapse of armed conflict and contribute toward progress in sustainable peace and development.

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, who presided over the Security Council meeting, said the motivation for holding the meeting and presenting the resolution was threefold.

"First, peacekeeping missions are the most effective tool in the hands of the UN to deal with conflict. Second, over the decades, peacekeeping operations have also evolved from traditional to multidimensional peacekeeping to better correspond to different situations. Their growing capacity to build peace in addition to their primary role of keeping peace needs to be captured. Third, in the past 52 years, Pakistan has demonstrated strong commitment to peacekeeping and has served in missions all around the world."

The Security Council resolution says that multidimensional peacekeeping missions may be mandated to support a range of activities that are aimed at future stability.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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