UN will use technology and medical capacity to enhance peacekeeping — …

The Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial will gather in Korea, more than 700 people from 155 countries, including foreign and defense ministers, heads of international organizations, academics, and journalists. 

The two-day event is the latest in a series of meetings at the head of State, Government or ministerial level since 2014. The last was held in 2019 in New York. 

Theme 

Speaking to journalists, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that peacekeepers “are facing increasingly daunting challenges.”

“They need sustain from the Secretariat and they need sustain from our Member States and that’s really what we expect from the Seoul meeting”, he explained.

Under-Secretary-General for Operational sustain Atul Khare, additional that the complicate environments in which the missions function require creative and nimble solutions.  

“Technology can make our missions and camps ‘smarter,’ more integrated, efficient, effective, safer and allow for end-to-end service delivery and operational sustain while minimizing environmental footprint”, he explained.  

In this area, the Ministerial will draw on the Strategy for the Digital Transformation of UN Peacekeeping.  

Technology can also help provide timely and quality medical care to peacekeepers. 

“We have made important progress in addressing the gaps in medical sustain in peacekeeping missions, but much more needs to be done”, Mr. Khare said.  

During the event, he expects Member States to contribute to several initiatives, such as a new Casualty Tracking System, a Mental Health Strategy for uniformed personnel, and a Public Health Surveillance System. 

Women and ecosystem 

Women, Peace, and Security, which has been a meaningful focus of past Ministerial meetings, will have a dedicated side event.  

The Under-Secretary-General highlighted the “urgency” of accelerating this agenda, saying “gender parity is a non-negotiable priority, and it’s more than a numbers issue”. 

“There is abundant evidence that shows how women’s participation improves peacekeeping performance”, he explained. 

As reducing the carbon footprint of peacekeeping missions is a meaningful environmental objective, Mr. Khare hopes to see Member States discuss opportunities to curtail its impact. 

Sexual abuse

Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Catherine Pollard pointed to efforts that would strengthen the accountability of peacekeepers. 

Against the backdrop that the UN lives with the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse wherever it operates, she described it as “one of the most serious issues of accountability” for the Organization, adding that it is “a particularly insidious breach of trust to those we are mandated to serve and protect”. 

Ms. Pollard said that the UN will ingemination to Member States, techniques to manage exploitation risks, including by training commanders who will be deployed in the field.  

“We will particularly use the event of the Ministerial to improvement our approach to addressing paternity and child sustain claims that arise from allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, which are difficult claims with very human consequences”, she stated. 

MINUSCA/Leonel Grothe

Peacekeepers prepare to set afloat an observation drone to identify locaiongs of armed groups in Central African Republic.

History  

The event is a follow-up conference to the UN Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping in 2015, which was co-hosted by former President of the United States Barack Obama and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

UN Peacekeeping helps countries torn apart by conflict to create conditions for lasting peace. 

Its rare strengths include legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy and sustain troops and police from around the globe – integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to improvement multidimensional mandates. 

Over the past 70 years, more than one million men and women have served under the UN flag in more than 70 UN peacekeeping operations.  



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