UN / PEACEKEEPING PERFORMANCE

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Secretary-General António Guterres said United Nations peacekeepers “represent the last, best hope for millions of people around the world” and highlighted his Action for Peacekeeping initiative, launched in March last year, as the organization’s response to the challenges peacekeepers face. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

06 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our peacekeepers represent the last, best hope for millions of people around the world. Some of them operate in highly dangerous environments, just short of full-blown conflict. We can never forget their service and sacrifice. As the nature of conflict evolves, peace operations face more dangerous environments, adversaries and weapons. And the Action for Peacekeeping initiative, launched in March last year, is our response to these challenges.”
5. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Across all missions, we have introduced new systems and tools to evaluate performance. These include regular military and police unit evaluations and a hospital evaluation system.”
7. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
8 SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Political solutions must remain front and centre in all efforts to achieve sustainable peace. The conflict in the Central African Republic is just one example in which the signing of a peace agreement, through close coordination with the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States, led to a significant reduction in violence and civilian deaths. Elsewhere, political solutions often remain elusive. In South Sudan, we have not yet made the progress we hoped for. In Mali, the implementation of the Algiers agreement has been too slow. And I welcome the recent announcement of the start of the national dialogue on 14 December, and I urge all parties to contribute.”
9. Med shot, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“Improving the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations is a collective undertaking. It starts with well-tailored and prioritized mandates. We appreciate the Security Council’s support in this regard. To effectively implement our mandate, all have a role; the military, police and civilians at all levels, particularly leadership. Ensuring that peacekeepers have the requisite training and capacity, in many cases entails member states providing the requisite support, including through bilateral or trilateral partnership initiatives. Ultimately we also require the requisite financing to effectively carry out our mandate.”
11. Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (6 Dec) said United Nations peacekeepers “represent the last, best hope for millions of people around the world” and highlighted that his Action for Peacekeeping initiative, launched in March last year, as the organization’s response to the challenges peacekeepers face.

Addressing a meeting on “Improving Peacekeeping Performance: A Year Since UNSCR 2436,” Guterres said, “across all missions, we have introduced new systems and tools to evaluate performance,” including regular military and police unit evaluations and a hospital evaluation system.

The Secretary-General stressed the importance of finding political solutions “in all efforts to achieve sustainable peace.”

He said, “the conflict in the Central African Republic is just one example in which the signing of a peace agreement, through close coordination with the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States, led to a significant reduction in violence and civilian deaths.”

He said elsewhere, “political solutions often remain elusive,” noting that in South Sudan, “we have not yet made the progress we hoped for.” In Mali, he said, “the implementation of the Algiers agreement has been too slow.”

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the meeting that “improving the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations is a collective undertaking” which “starts with well-tailored and prioritized mandates.”

Lacroix said, “ensuring that peacekeepers have the requisite training and capacity, in many cases entails member states providing the requisite support,” as well as “the requisite financing to effectively carry out our mandate.”

Security Council Resolution 2436, unanimously adopted in 2018, aimed at enhancing the performance of peacekeeping personnel at all levels, both at Headquarters and in the field, stressing the need to improve posture, behaviour, leadership, initiative and accountability while effectively promoting international peace and security.

The resolution welcomed efforts undertaken by the Secretary-General to mobilize all partners and stakeholders in support of more effective United Nations peacekeeping through his initiative ‘Action for Peacekeeping.’

Today’s meeting was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of the United States, India, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Viet Nam.
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