UN / PEACEKEEPING REFORM

12-Sep-2018 00:02:21
UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said improving peacekeeping is “by its very essence a collective endeavor” adding that all those taking part in peacekeeping need to “improve our performance, and we all need to support each other in doing so.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PEACEKEEPING REFORM
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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

12 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“Improving peacekeeping is by its very essence a collective endeavour. Ensuring that our missions are fit for purpose and perform well requires action by all of us and all of us working together. All stakeholders who, in one form or another, take part in peacekeeping need to improve our performance, and we all need to support each other in doing so. This includes the UN Secretariat, as well as the Member States, Security Council members, troop and police contributing countries, host nations, regional and sub-regional organizations and others.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“More women in peacekeeping simply makes peacekeeping more effective. We need to significantly enhance the number of female peacekeepers at all levels and within uniformed as well as civilian components. We must also ensure that they are able to meaningfully participate in our work. Women are only 21 percent of our personnel. We must do better.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Blakemore, Chief Executive Officer, Keeping Children Safe:
“The vast majority of peacekeeping personnel perform their jobs with courage, dedication and professionalism. Yet in conflicts and crises across the world, peacekeepers have subjected people in situations of extreme physical and psychological vulnerability, to rape, trafficking, violence and abuse, demanding sex for the basics of survival - food, shelter, education and medicine. A significant proportion of the victims have been children.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Peacekeeping is based on trust between the protected and the protectors. The United Nations puts peacekeepers into this position of trust. We, the Security Council, give them this power. We are responsible for what they do with it – not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of the mission, the United Nations, and peacekeeping itself. Once that critical trust is gone, no matter how many resources a mission has, or how strong its leadership, the mission will fail.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said improving peacekeeping is “by its very essence a collective endeavor” adding that all those taking part in peacekeeping need to “improve our performance, and we all need to support each other in doing so.”

Speaking to the Security Council this morning (12 Sep), Lacroix said ensuring peacekeeping missions are fit for purpose and perform well requires action by all those involved working together. This includes the UN Secretariat, as well as the Member States, Security Council members, troop and police contributing countries, host nations, regional and sub-regional organizations and others.

He highlighted initiatives and tolls put in place by the UN to strengthen peacekeeping and noted that strengthening peacekeeping often requires strengthening the capacities of those who provide its men and women.

The Peacekeeping chief encouraged all Member States who have the capacity to provide training and equipment to troop and police contributing countries to continue their efforts to respond to the current needs. He also called on Member States, particularly those with the most advanced military capabilities, to contribute more troops and police to UN peacekeeping.

Lacroix emphasised the importance of increasing the number of women taking part in peacekeeping. He said, “More women in peacekeeping simply makes peacekeeping more effective. We need to significantly enhance the number of female peacekeepers at all levels and within uniformed as well as civilian components. We must also ensure that they are able to meaningfully participate in our work. Women are only 21 percent of our personnel. We must do better.”

On the Declaration of Shared Commitments, part of the Secretary General’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative, Lacroix reported that as of today, 55 Member States had endorsed it. He said that the broad and cross-regional support to the Declaration reflected the strong consensus around the key objectives that it lays out.

The Security Council also heard a briefing by Sarah Blakemore, CEO of the international NGO Keeping Children Safe. She said, “the vast majority of peacekeeping personnel perform their jobs with courage, dedication and professionalism, yet in conflicts and crises across the world, peacekeepers have subjected people in situations of extreme physical and psychological vulnerability, to rape, trafficking, violence and abuse, demanding sex for the basics of survival - food, shelter, education and medicine; a significant proportion of the victims have been children.”

She called on world leaders to champion the safety of children at the highest levels by requiring all organisations involved in peacekeeping to implement robust international child safeguarding standards, including having advocates for victims’ rights, to prevent abuse, to protect the rights and dignity of victims and survivors and to help bring perpetrators to justice.

United States ambassador Nikki Haley said peacekeeping is based on trust between the protected and the protectors. She added that the Security Council gives peacekeepers this power and as such is responsible for “what they do with it – not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of the mission, the United Nations, and peacekeeping itself.” He stressed, “Once that critical trust is gone, no matter how many resources a mission has, or how strong its leadership, the mission will fail.”

Haley said the US introduced a new resolution on improving peacekeeping performance which advances three priorities. She said it mandates a timely, transparent reporting process of performance failures to the Security Council and to concerned Member States, creates accountability measures for failures of performance and concrete incentives for stronger performance, and recognizes the role of data in improving troop performance by matching the right troops and police with the right roles.

Haley called on Council Members to work with her delegation on this resolution and bring ideas on how to incentivize better performance and hold all peacekeepers, particularly those in the positions of leadership, to the highest possible standards.
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