Peacekeeping budget one half of 1% of global military spending: Guterres

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Senegalese peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Formed Police Unit (FPU) speak with Malians while they patrol outside Mamadou Konate Stadium during an event to promote peace among the youth. UN Photo/Marco Dormino 24642

Today's peacekeeping budget is less than one half of one percent of global military spending, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

António Guterres made the remarks during a Security Council review of UN peacekeeping operations or DPKO.

Fifty-four peace missions have completed their mandates and closed; the missions in Cote d'Ivoire and Haiti will do so in the coming months.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

"United Nations peacekeeping operations are a necessity for global peace, security and prosperity and they are achieving results", UN chief António Guterres stressed in his address to members of the Security Council.

The Council determines when and where a peace mission should be deployed.

For these missions to remain relevant, they need “clear, up-to-date mandates with well-identified priorities, adequate sequencing and flexibility” from the Security Council, António Guterres said.

"The achievements of peace operations are a source of great pride to us all. When they fail, it causes us pain and drives us to improve. United Nations peacekeepers have contributed to a legacy of stability from El Salvador to Namibia, from East Timor to Cote d'Ivoire, and from Mozambique to Cambodia. Fifty-four missions have completed their mandates and closed; two more will do so in the months ahead. That is our objective for every peacekeeping mission: to do the job entrusted to it. To save lives. To prevent mass atrocities. To set the stage for stability and sustainable peace. And to close."

Both the UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire, ONUCI and the one in Haiti, MINUSTAH, will be closing soon, he indicated.

Meanwhile, the UN is considering reforms and exit strategies for other long-standing missions, Mr Guterres added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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