UN / LACROIX PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

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Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that “notable progress” has been made in addressing the priorities outlined in Action for Peacekeeping Plus (A4P+) and called for “stronger and more unified support from the Council to advance the political efforts of our operations.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

06 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“We have made notable progress addressing the priorities outlined in A4P+. As I already emphasized, we continue to need extensive support from our Member States. First, I would like to call for stronger and more unified support from the Council to advance the political efforts of our operations. Such support is a prerequisite for our efforts to promote sustainable peace where we have mandates from you to do so. I also request your ongoing support for our missions when they face undue restrictions and obstacles from the parties to the conflict, including SOFA violations.”
5. Wide shot, Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Attacks against peacekeepers utilizing explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices persist and are tracking at levels as high as those in 2021. MINUSMA remains the most dangerous peacekeeping mission, but MINUSCA and MONUSCO are facing a sustained and growing threat. In May 2021, the Council requested the Secretary-General to conduct an independent strategic review of United Nations peacekeeping operations’ responses to this threat and we are implementing its recommendations. Thus far, we have made significant progress improving capabilities to counter improvised explosive in missions where this threat is evolving.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The accountability of peacekeepers remains a critical priority as we seek to better assess performance to recognize and remedy issues as needed. In relation to the ongoing challenge of sexual exploitation and abuse, the Trust Fund to support victims has established a project in South Sudan to offer psychosocial, medical and legal support. The Secretariat will engage with Member States to discuss concrete commitments to resolve of paternity recognition cases and child support for victims.”
9. Med shot, China representative
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Turning now to Women, Peace, and Security, the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping remains a key priority, one that is mainstreamed throughout our A4P+ efforts. As of June, most targets set in the Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy had been met, expect for military contingents. In fact, they have been surpassed for most of these categories. Women now account for 21 percent of military observers and staff officers, 31 percent of individual police officers, and 43 percent of justice and corrections government-provided personnel.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. Wide shot, Council

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Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix today (6 Sep) told the Security Council that “notable progress” has been made in addressing the priorities outlined in Action for Peacekeeping Plus (A4P+) and called for “stronger and more unified support from the Council to advance the political efforts of our operations.”

Such support, he said, “is a prerequisite for our efforts to promote sustainable peace where we have mandates from you to do so.” He also requested support from Council members for peace missions “when they face undue restrictions and obstacles from the parties to the conflict, including SOFA violations.”

Lacroix, who is the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, said “attacks against peacekeepers utilizing explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices persist and are tracking at levels as high as those in 2021.”

He said the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) “remains the most dangerous peacekeeping mission,” but missions in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, “are facing a sustained and growing threat.”

The accountability of peacekeepers, Lacroix said, “remains a critical priority as we seek to better assess performance to recognize and remedy issues as needed.”

In relation to the ongoing challenge of sexual exploitation and abuse, he said, “the Trust Fund to support victims has established a project in South Sudan to offer psychosocial, medical and legal support,” and the Secretariat “will engage with Member States to discuss concrete commitments to resolve of paternity recognition cases and child support for victims.”

Turning now to Women, Peace, and Security, the peacekeeping official said, “the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping remains a key priority, one that is mainstreamed throughout our A4P+ efforts. As of June, most targets set in the Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy had been met, expect for military contingents. In fact, they have been surpassed for most of these categories. Women now account for 21 percent of military observers and staff officers, 31 percent of individual police officers, and 43 percent of justice and corrections government-provided personnel.”

Secretary-General António Guterres launched Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) on 28 March 2018 to renew mutual political commitment to peacekeeping operations, calling on Member States to join him in developing a set of mutually agreed principles and commitments to create peacekeeping operations fit for the future.

The objective of A4P+ is to accelerate progress on the implementation of the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping and renew momentum on Action for Peacekeeping by focusing efforts on the systemic priorities identified in A4P+.
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