US seeks Security Council focus on peacekeeping reform, human rights

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Nikki Haley. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United States will push for peacekeeping reform and the promotion of human rights as it takes over the presidency of the Security Council on Monday.

During her briefing to the press, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out on a wide range of issues including the Intra-Syrian talks, the Middle East peace process and terrorism.

She also has scheduled a ministerial meeting on 28 April to discuss the issue of non-proliferation of North Korea.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

In her previous statements to the press, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, singled out UN peacekeeping operations such as UNMISS in South Sudan and the one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO.

Around 126 countries contribute civilian, military and police personnel to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, which has well over 100,000 people on active duty.

Ms Haley said the goal was to be smarter with the resources at hand and to improve reporting to see if contributing countries are being held accountable, as well as carrying out strategic reviews to see if the UN was on the right path.

"So much of these peacekeeping missions I feel like have been … people just assumed they were always going to be there but really our goal is that they are working on the ground. Especially with MONUSCO, if you see so many troops staying in their barracks while the civilians are being threatened, that is not peacekeeping, that is not what it's supposed to be. So what you saw with MONUSCO is what I hope happens with every peacekeeping mission going forward which is saying: is the mandate real, is it something that we can accomplish, are we taking into account the political solution, what are we going to do if the governments don't work with us on this and are the troops on the ground actually doing the work they are supposed to be doing to help the people in need."

Ms Haley said the members of the Security Council were "supportive and eager" to move forward with peacekeeping reform.

Another thematic debate the US would like to bring to the table is human rights and how it relates to conflicts happening around the world, she said.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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