New York, Sept.29 (ANI): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for full participation of women in peace and security measures.
“I would like to highlight four main deeds. First, predictable and effective military capabilities, especially critical enablers that have a high degree of readiness that beat the UN standards. Second, qualified police personnel as well as experts in the justice sections. We need much more female police officers. And we would most welcome if you send a police formed unit,” said Ban Ki-moon while addressing the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping.
“Third, as we fill these gaps we need standby reserve for tomorrow. I urge you to register the specific pledges you made today in our due peacekeeping capability response system. Fourth, we must prevent and punish sexual exploitation and abuse. Those who serve in peace operations must never prey on the people they are meant to protect,” he added.
The UN Secretary-General told the world leaders that peacekeeping operations save lives, protect people and help countries over conflict.
“Being a peacekeeper is a noble calling. We must always remember the brave men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of peace. Today, the demand for peacekeeping has never been greater. More than 120 countries currently contribute over 1, 25,000 troops, police and civilian personnel,” Ban Ki-moon said.
“Our mission operates 350 medical clinics, 167 helicopters, 70 aircrafts and 7 ships and more than 13,000 vehicles. They demobilise and reintegrate ex-combatants, strengthen rule of law and security institutions and promote human rights. These numbers show peacekeeping’s value but are also sign of troubled times. The situations in which peacekeepers are deployed have never been more challenging as tasks multiply and we face extremist criminal groups and others who show no regard for international humanitarian or human rights law,” he added.
Ban Ki-moon said the UN peacekeepers are sheltering 200,000 civilians in the south of Sudan.
“UN’s missions have never been designed to accommodate such large numbers of refugees. We are monitoring a fragile peace agreement in Mali and working to prevent another outbreak of widest spread virus in central Africa republic. In Lebanon, peacekeepers are a source of reassurance as the crisis deepens next door in Syria,” he added.
Ban Ki-moon further said our shared test is to make sure that peacekeeping operations are equal to these and future tasks.
“Over the past year, we have embarked on an effort to reinvigorate UN peace operations,” he added.
The Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping is expected to provide a boost to the United Nations, which has been struggling to persuade countries to contribute their soldiers to peace operations.(ANI)