UN / LACROIX PEACEKEEPING

17-Sep-2021 00:02:41
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that UN Peacekeeping Operations need Members States political engagement in supporting peace efforts, adding “it is important to advocate for more unity, for more engagement.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

17 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary- General for Peace Operations:
“We need the support of our Member States on the many fronts, of course, they are giving us our mandates, they are giving us our finances and budgets, but we also need their political engagement in supporting those peace efforts. And here I believe that it is important to advocate for more unity, for more engagement, and that goes for pretty much all the situation, at least in which peacekeeping is involved. And when I looked at the Missions that we have around the world, it is striking for me to see that most of them have an environment that has deteriorated over the last past couple of years and I think that reflects the increased conflict reality that we have in the world.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary- General for Peace Operations:
“I believe that now, there is a recognition by these countries that on the one hand, UNISFA needs to stay, because it is a very important peacekeeping operation that continues to play a very important role in de-escalating tensions and preserving relative calm in the territory, and at the same time, if UNISFA is to continue, it means that the composition of that force will have to be changed.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary- General for Peace Operations:
“As you know, credible peacekeeping undertaking has to rely on the consent of the parties. It has to rely on some form of agreement, so that would be of course the first kind of comments that could be made for those who advocated for peacekeeping in Afghanistan. But in addition to that, as you’ve seen, that the magnitude of the coalition involvement in Afghanistan has been what it is and yet you’ve seen the results.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary- General for Peace Operations:
“And today we believe that our colleagues in the field, and the head of the Mission MINUSMA believe that the Secretary-General have made that recommendation that MINUSMA would need more capacities to be in a position to deliver more effectively on its mandate regarding the centre of the country, particularly in light of the ongoing challenges.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that UN Peacekeeping Operations need Members States political engagement in supporting peace efforts, adding “it is important to advocate for more unity, for more engagement.”

Briefing reporters today (17 Sep) in New York before next week’s General Assembly Debate, the UN peacekeeping chief said, “when I looked at the Missions that we have around the world, it is striking for me to see that most of them have an environment that has deteriorated over the last past couple of years and I think that reflects the increased conflict reality that we have in the world.”

Asked about the situation in Abyei, he noted that after discussions with the South Sudanese, Sudanese and Ethiopian authorities, “there is a recognition by these countries that on the one hand, UNISFA needs to stay, because it is a very important peacekeeping operation that continues to play a very important role in de-escalating tensions and preserving relative calm in the territory, and at the same time, if UNISFA is to continue, it means that the composition of that force will have to be changed.”

Asked about peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, Lacroix said, “credible peacekeeping undertaking has to rely on the consent of the parties. It has to rely on some form of agreement, so that would be of course the first kind of comments that could be made for those who advocated for peacekeeping in Afghanistan. But in addition to that, as you’ve seen, that the magnitude of the coalition involvement in Afghanistan has been what it is and yet you’ve seen the results.”

Asked about the support needed so that peacekeeping capacities can be fulfilled, he said, “we believe that our colleagues in the field, and the head of the Mission MINUSMA believe that the Secretary-General have made that recommendation that MINUSMA would need more capacities to be in a position to deliver more effectively on its mandate regarding the centre of the country, particularly in light of the ongoing challenges.”
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