UN / LACROIX PEACEKEEPING

24-May-2019 00:02:11
Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said peacekeepers “work every single day in very difficult conditions” and “quite often make the difference between life and death for so many civilians.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix at the dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
"Our peacekeepers work every single day in very difficult conditions. They do protect every single day hundreds of thousands of civilians. In many cases, such as in South Sudan or Central African Republic, they quite often make the difference between life and death for so many civilians.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
"We will continue to do our best to, as I said, to honour the memory of Private Chitete and to honour the memory of all these peacekeepers that lost their lives, stepping up our efforts on performance, training, equipment, accountability, leadership, medical support, all of these. I think we are making headway in most of these areas, but we still have a long way to go and it takes partnerships as well. We cannot do everything alone. We need the support of our member states.”
6. Med shot, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
"We need peacekeeping operations and uniformed colleagues to have different kinds of assets. We are putting an emphasis on the mindset, because everybody has to realise that it’s a very different peacekeeping today. We put an emphasis on better protection, which has to do with the training and equipment. We also put an emphasis on mobility and the ability to deter, prevent, pre-empt threats, and react whenever those threats materialise.”
8. Med shot, reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
"We need adequate financing to support our efforts. We need adequate financing to make sure that our peacekeepers will be able to continue protecting civilians, supporting peace, and making all these efforts to improve impact. Again, this is the expectation of our member states as well as our own expectation.”
10. Med shot, reporters
11. Wide shot, end of presser
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Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said peacekeepers “work every single day in very difficult conditions” and “quite often make the difference between life and death for so many civilians.”

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, Lacroix said that to honour the memory of Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi, recipient of the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage, as well as other fallen peacekeepers, the organization is stepping up efforts “on performance, training, equipment, accountability, leadership, medical support”

He said, “I think we are making headway in most of these areas, but we still have a long way to go and it takes partnerships as well. We cannot do everything alone. We need the support of our member states.”

The peacekeeping chief said, "we need peacekeeping operations and uniformed colleagues to have different kinds of assets. We are putting an emphasis on the mindset, because everybody has to realise that it’s a very different peacekeeping today. We put an emphasis on better protection, which has to do with the training and equipment. We also put an emphasis on mobility and the ability to deter, prevent, pre-empt threats, and react whenever those threats materialise.”

Lacroix stressed the need for "adequate financing to make sure that our peacekeepers will be able to continue protecting civilians, supporting peace, and making all these efforts to improve impact. Again, this is the expectation of our member states as well as our own expectation.”

The theme for this year’s International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”

The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,800 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 98 last year.
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