World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

A Broader Approach To Security Stressed

Senior UN Peacekeeping Official Stresses Efficiency And A Broader Approach To Security

New York, Oct 19 2006 8:00PM

Highlighting the increasing importance of United Nations peacekeeping operations, with more staff deployed than ever before, the UN’s top official in the area today stressed the importance of improved efficiency and the need for a broader approach to security to help countries emerging from conflict rebuild without falling back into bloodshed.

“We are coming to see UN peacekeeping as a core activity of this Organization, an activity that is unique in its scope and breadth, and in which we all have a substantial stake,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee.

Noting that the UN has over 93,000 staff in 18 peace operations worldwide, and adding that the figure could grow to 140,000 with a potential operation in Darfur, he said that this showed Member States’ commitment to address conflict worldwide and also a better sense of what UN peacekeeping can and cannot do.

“To respond effectively to this immense demand, I believe that we must focus on two strategic priorities. The first priority is to run the machinery of peacekeeping effectively,” Mr. Guéhenno said, before outlining various improvements, including quality of personnel and other issues, which he first outlined in a reform programme ῰resented to the Assembly last year.

“Our second strategic priority is to run ourselves out of business. It is, quite simply, not possible to take on new demands without managing down our caseload as we go. We have to enhance our capacity to create the conditions for withdrawal while ensuring that the exit of UN peacekeepers is a lasting one.”

“Where we still need to improve… is in the degree and quality of our support to the establishment of sustainable national security institutions and processes… A holistic security sector approach, rooted in early reconstruction, effective governance, human rights and sustainability is an essential component to effective peace operation.

Pointing to Timor-Leste, where deadly violence earlier this year lead the UN to create a new mission for the tiny nation, as well as ongoing day-to-day experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Afghanistan, Mr. Guéhenno pointed out that “efforts to reform parts of the security sector stand little chance of success unless they are part of an overall national security strategy.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Myanmar: Stop ‘Widespread Violence’ Against Children, UN Officials Urge

Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in ... More>>

COVID-19 Origins Report Inconclusive: We Must ‘Leave No Stone Unturned’ – WHO Chief

The report from a team of international scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine how COVID-19 first spread to humans was published on Tuesday, and was described by the UN health agency’s chief as a welcome start, ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


Department Of Global Communications: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message For World Health Day 2021

5 APRIL 2021 As COVID-19 Reveals Immoral Inequities in Health System, Secretary-General Observance Message Calls for Applying Policies, Assigning Resources to Ensure Everyone Thrives Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World ... More>>


Global Development: Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic, Young People Advocate For Bold Solutions

From climate action to addressing inequalities and building peace, youth leaders scale up efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 7 to 8 April 2021 Follow on UN Web TV Youth leaders, activists and youth-led organizations around the world ... More>>

SDG Action Awards: Winners Announced

Mobilizing, inspiring, and connecting individuals around the globe to #TurnItAround for people and planet Bonn, Germany, 25 March - The 2020 SDG Action Awards Ceremony, which took place on 25 March as a part of the fifth SDG Global Festival of Action ... More>>