UN / PEACEKEEPING AFRICA

20-Nov-2018 00:02:21
After observing a moment of silence for the eight peacekeepers killed in the line of duty last week, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that peacekeeping in Africa “continues to present some of our greatest challenges,” and called for predictable systems of support for African Union led operations. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

20 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council moment of silence
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Peacekeeping in Africa continues to present some of our greatest challenges. United Nations missions are carrying out complex operations with multidimensional mandates in extremely dangerous environments. Transnational crime, non-state armed groups and terrorist groups pose serious challenges, sometimes targeting our peacekeepers directly. Against this backdrop, our partnership with the African Union and African Member States is vital to our collective efforts for peace, and we must continue working to strengthen it.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations and African Union are cooperating more closely than ever before. African peace operations, including those mandated by the African Union, have played a key role in maintaining peace and security on the continent, and they deserve predictable systems of support. Chairperson Faki and I will soon sign a Joint Communiqué guiding the work of the Secretariat and the AU Commission in strengthening UN peacekeeping operations in Africa and paving the way for more adequately-supported African peace operations.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council with Smaїl Chergui on screen
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Smaїl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union:
“We urge members of this Council to seize the opportunity of adopting the UN Security Council resolution that will be tabled in the coming weeks on the need for African Union access to UN assessed contributions for operations authorized by UN on case by case basis. This, we believe, will bring the international community one step closer to establishing a more effective, predictable, and sustainable framework that will enable us to achieving peace and security on the continent.”
8. Med shot, delegates:
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Leon H. Kacou, Permanent Representative of Cote D’ Ivoire to the United Nations:
“The effectiveness of African peacekeeping operations will remain limited, as I pointed out, as long as the thorny issue of predictable and sustainable financial resources remains unresolved, through consensus based lasting financial mechanisms and criteria.”
10. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
After observing a moment of silence for the eight peacekeepers killed in the line of duty last week, Secretary-General António Guterres today (20 Nov) told the Security Council that peacekeeping in Africa “continues to present some of our greatest challenges,” and called for predictable systems of support for African Union led operations.

The Secretary-General said peacekeeping missions in Africa carry out “multidimensional mandates in extremely dangerous environments.” He said that against this backdrop, “our partnership with the African Union and African Member States is vital to our collective efforts for peace, and we must continue working to strengthen it.”

Guterres, told the Council that “the United Nations and African Union are cooperating more closely than ever before,” and announced that together with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, he “will soon sign a Joint Communiqué guiding the work of the Secretariat and the AU Commission in strengthening UN peacekeeping operations in Africa and paving the way for more adequately-supported African peace operations.”

Briefing via teleconference, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaїl Chergui, urged Council members “to seize the opportunity of adopting the UN Security Council resolution that will be tabled in the coming weeks on the need for African Union access to UN assessed contributions for operations authorized by UN on case by case basis.”

This, he said, “will bring the international community one step closer to establishing a more effective, predictable, and sustainable framework that will enable us to achieving peace and security on the continent.”

For his part, Ivorian Ambassador, Leon H. Kacou, in his address to the Council, said “the effectiveness of African peacekeeping operations will remain limited, as I pointed out, as long as the thorny issue of predictable and sustainable financial resources remains unresolved, through consensus based lasting financial mechanisms and criteria.”

A draft resolution circulated by the African members of the Council aimed at advancing this issue is currently being negotiated.
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