Agenda provides blueprint for faster, more responsive UN peacekeeping

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bambari. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

A plan outlining the UN Secretary-General's priorities for the future of the organization's peacekeeping operations was presented to the General Assembly on Friday.

It includes measures aimed at stamping out sexual exploitation and abuse by people serving under the UN flag.

Dianne Penn reports.

The agenda contains what the Secretary-General describes as "three fundamental changes" to adapt to current and future challenges.

Ban Ki-moon said the UN needs to prioritize prevention and mediation as a way to, in his words, "break the cycle of responding too late and too expensively."

UN peacekeeping must also be faster, more responsive and more accountable to countries and people in conflict.

Mr Ban also called for reinforced partnerships at the global and regional level, starting with the African Union.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson presented the plan to ambassadors on behalf of the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General's report is a call for change and for adaptation to today's realities. UN peace operations must change and reform if they are to better prevent and resolve today's complex conflicts and protect people. This report sets out an agenda to achieve these goals." 

The agenda is based on recommendations made by a high-level independent panel as well as the Secretary-General's eight years at the helm of the United Nations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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