These commitments are in line with the UN Secretary-General’s initiative for peacekeeping (A4P), in particular the seven priorities of A4P +, the implementation strategy to accelerate the progress of the initiative during the next two years, the United Nations Department of Peace Operations noted in a press note.
More than 87,000 peacekeepers from more than 120 countries currently serve in 12 missions around the world, helping to save lives, prevent conflict and create the conditions for lasting peace.
The virtual ministerial meeting was successful in securing new commitments and advancing existing ones to address gaps in peacekeeping capacity.
36 countries have notably committed to providing new military and police capabilities, some of which are available for rapid deployment. The Republic of Korea, as host, has pledged to donate 16 helicopters to partner countries for use in peacekeeping missions.
Partnerships, through training and capacity building in troop and police contributing countries, have been a key commitment on the part of many Member States. 45 countries have pledged to provide training opportunities or announced capacity building partnerships with other countries.
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A MINUSCA peacekeeper in Bangassou, Central African Republic (file photo).
Strengthening medical and technological capacities
Member States’ commitments also include efforts to strengthen medical and technological capacities in United Nations peacekeeping, which were the cross-cutting themes of the ministerial meeting. Member States also affirmed their commitment to strengthening the role of women in peacekeeping and improving the environmental footprint of the United Nations.
To this end, 18 member states pledged to support UN medical capacity building, while 23 cited their ongoing efforts to increase the number of women peacekeepers. Seven Member States have made specific commitments to reduce the environmental footprint of their deployments in peace operations.
The Republic of Korea announced the Seoul Initiative on Building Technological and Medical Capacity in Peacekeeping Operations to help peacekeeping operations become more agile, data-driven and technology-driven, and to strengthen peacekeeping operations. medical capabilities in the face of increasingly complex threats in high-risk operational environments.
A high-level United Nations delegation, comprising the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, and the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and respect, Catherine Pollard, represented the United Nations and chaired the sessions.
“Thanks to a strong partnership and collective action, United Nations peacekeeping remains one of the most effective tools in responding to today’s challenges to peace and security. The strong political support and commitments we have received from member states will help improve the execution of the mandate and support our peacekeepers, ”Lacroix said.
Atul Khare recalled for his part that “partnerships are the backbone of United Nations peacekeeping”. He said he was determined to work with all stakeholders “to deepen and strengthen our strategic and operational support partnerships for peacekeeping”.
Catherine Pollard, for her part, welcomed the renewed commitments of member states “to improve the performance of our missions and in particular to prevent reprehensible behavior in peacekeeping operations, to apply our standards of conduct and to help victims, in particular by sharing good practices and ensuring accountability ”.