UN / PEACEKEEPING REFORM LACROIX

14-Sep-2020 00:01:24
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said he wanted UN peacekeeping to “continue to be an indispensable multilateral tool in the peace and security toolbox in the years to come” to face “compounded” challenges including, “potentially lethal and disruptive technologies, climate-related disruptions, a more urbanized population.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PEACEKEEPING REFORM LACROIX
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DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters exterior

14 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“We have continued to roll out the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS) in order to aid missions in planning, coordinating, tracking and showing the impact of mandate implementation. With the outbreak of COVID-19, CPAS has been utilized to help prevent the spread of the virus in missions’ contexts, while strengthening the capacity of missions to support host countries’ pandemic responses.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN Headquarters exterior

14 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Looking forward, we want UN peacekeeping to continue to be an indispensable multilateral tool in the peace and security toolbox in the years to come. We will need to continue to respond to the immediate challenges, including fragmented armed groups, weak commitment to peace by conflict actors, and the regionalization of conflict. Over the next five to ten years, these challenges will be compounded by other ones. We are likely to see a world transformed by potentially lethal and disruptive technologies, climate-related disruptions, a more urbanized population. To have missions fit for purpose for the coming decades, we are examining responses to systemic issues, and have begun an internal reflection on the types of adaptations that will be required for UN peace operations to continue to make a difference in the future.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, UN Headquarters exterior
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UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said he wanted UN peacekeeping to “continue to be an indispensable multilateral tool in the peace and security toolbox in the years to come” to face “compounded” challenges including, “potentially lethal and disruptive technologies, climate-related disruptions, a more urbanized population.”

In his annual address to the Security Council on peacekeeping reform, Lacroix said COVID-19-related circumstances have not impeded peacekeeping missions from providing effective support to political processes and to the implementation of peace agreements. He said he was encouraged by the progress being made on the women, peace and security agenda, and noted that UN peacekeeping missions continued to prevent and respond to threats to civilians, which have unfortunately not decreased in the past six months. He added that although the pandemic has affected the footprint of UN missions and restricted some patrolling, missions have taken creative steps to continue their protection work. Lacroix stressed that significant progress has been made on improving missions’ performance.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“We have continued to roll out the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS) in order to aid missions in planning, coordinating, tracking and showing the impact of mandate implementation. With the outbreak of COVID-19, CPAS has been utilized to help prevent the spread of the virus in missions’ contexts, while strengthening the capacity of missions to support host countries’ pandemic responses.”

The UN official also noted the decrease in fatalities in peacekeeping operations from acts of violence, from 59 in 2017 to 27 in 2018, 25 in 2019, to eight so far in 2020, and stressed that the UN continued its efforts to enhance the safety and security of its peacekeeping staff.

Lacroix said more than two years after the launch of the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, tangible progress in strengthening peacekeeping operations has been made and must be built on.

He added, “Looking forward, we want UN peacekeeping to continue to be an indispensable multilateral tool in the peace and security toolbox in the years to come. We will need to continue to respond to the immediate challenges, including fragmented armed groups, weak commitment to peace by conflict actors, and the regionalization of conflict. Over the next five to ten years, these challenges will be compounded by other ones. We are likely to see a world transformed by potentially lethal and disruptive technologies, climate-related disruptions, a more urbanized population. To have missions fit for purpose for the coming decades, we are examining responses to systemic issues, and have begun an internal reflection on the types of adaptations that will be required for UN peace operations to continue to make a difference in the future.”
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