Peacekeeping needs to be "more mobile, more flexible and adaptable"

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A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols of the Katanga area, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Myriam Asmani

Peacekeeping operations of the United Nations need to be "more mobile, more flexible and adaptable" according to the UN Secretary-General.

There are currently 16 peacekeeping missions around the world, mainly in Africa.

Speaking to the Security Council on a debate about the trends in peacekeeping, Ban Ki-moon said the organization needed to adapt to new demands and recognise what capabilities and resources it needs to adapt.

"We must also ask what are the limits of UN peacekeeping and whether it is always the right tool. To this end, I have asked the Secretariat to initiate work on a review of UN peacekeeping. Mandates, political leverage, logistical support, training, accountability, rules of engagement, technological innovation, and clarity on caveats of troop- and police-contributing countries are just a few areas that may warrant review."  (34″)

Mr Ban added that UN peacekeeping operations are increasingly mandated to operate where there is no peace to keep.

He described significant levels of violence in Darfur, South Sudan, Mali, the Central African Republic and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

More than two-thirds of all the organization's military, police and civilian personnel operate in those countries.

The global budget to support UN peacekeeping operations around the world is approaching $8 billion.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’37″



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