UN / PEACEKEEPING MINISTERIAL MEETING

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The United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting kicked off today in Accra, Ghana. Delegates from more than 85 countries discussed a number of issues related to peacekeeping operations, notably environmental management and how to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a UN Spokesperson said. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 05 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

05 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Speaking at the first side-event, the Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, said that indicators for peacekeeping missions' environmental management have improved in the past six years. For example, the proportion of waste treated through recycling, composting, and incineration has jumped from 19 per cent, 6 years ago, to 65 per cent, and the Missions’ fuel consumption has also gone down by about 15 million litres a year. He said that transitioning to renewable energy helps protect peacekeepers by reducing the need to transport fuel on dangerous roads and increases operational [resilience] to withstand fuel shortages.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And also, Mr. Khare said the focus for peacekeeping going forward is to continue to do no harm; to set performance targets that advance the environmental agenda within realistic timeframes; and to work with the host, Troop and Police Contributing countries to leave a positive legacy for the communities they serve.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room

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The United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting kicked off today (05 Dec) in Accra, Ghana. Delegates from more than 85 countries discussed a number of issues related to peacekeeping operations, notably environmental management and how to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a UN Spokesperson said.

Briefing reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric noted, “the Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare said that indicators for peacekeeping missions' environmental management have improved in the past six years. For example, the proportion of waste treated through recycling, composting, and incineration has jumped from 19 per cent, 6 years ago, to 65 per cent, and the Missions’ fuel consumption has also gone down by about 15 million litres a year.”

The Under-Secretary-General said that “transitioning to renewable energy helps protect peacekeepers by reducing the need to transport fuel on dangerous roads and increases operational [resilience] to withstand fuel shortages.”

Khare also said that “the focus for peacekeeping going forward is to continue to do no harm; to set performance targets that advance the environmental agenda within realistic timeframes; and to work with the host, Troop and Police Contributing countries to leave a positive legacy for the communities they serve.”

In 2023, the Peacekeeping Ministerial is hosted by Ghana in Accra on 5-6 December. It is the latest in a series of meetings held at the Head of State, Government, or Ministerial level since 2014, including in Seoul in 2021.

The discussions will focus on concrete measures to improve operations in line with ongoing reform through Action for Peacekeeping, A4P+ and the Digital Transformation Strategy.
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