Strong and unified political support critical to peacekeeping success

A Beninese peacekeeper of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrols the grounds of the El Farouk Hotel in Bamako. UN File Photo/Marco Dormino

The right processes, strong partnerships and clear political strategies are needed to help UN peacekeeping operations to better confront the challenges that they face.

That was the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to ambassadors meeting in New York on Monday to review the organization's peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General detailed "the sheer scale of demand" the UN faces in the areas of peace and security.

He said peace operations account for three-quarters of UN Secretariat spending, more than half of its staff and roughly 90 per cent of its procurement.

Mr Ban outlined eight areas he viewed as critical to success in peacekeeping.

Among them: placing political solutions and strategies at the centre of peace and security efforts.

"Peace operations can and have succeeded when they are an expression of strong and unified international political will.  They have failed when they are not. To deploy them in the absence of a political strategy for resolving the conflict is to risk lives and money in pursuit of a peace that will likely remain elusive."

Mr Ban said recent initiatives such as an independent panel report and new Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, are among the documents pointing the way to more effective UN peacekeeping.

The challenge now, he said, is to bring them to life, given the political, financial and organizational challenges ahead.

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

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