Wednesday, September 20 2017 22:42 EEST
President at the UN Security Council Summit: UN peacekeeping endeavor needs reform to respond efficiently to the new challenges
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At the high-level open debate of the United Nations Security Council on the Reform of the UN Peacekeeping: Implementation and Follow-up, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized the need for reforming the UN’s peacekeeping endeavor.

“It is truism that, to be up to speed with unpredictable world, UN peacekeeping endeavor badly needs reform – as does the whole UN system. That is why it is exactly the high time to assess the current state of play, ongoing reform efforts and prospects of UN peacekeeping,” Petro Poroshenko noted.

The Head of State emphasized that since the last discussion of the issue at the Leaders Summit in 2015, the world is getting less and less safe. “War and aggression are spreading. Peace and goodwill are in retreat. Our Organization, which was created to secure peace and stability in the world, cannot and must not afford to stand aside. It must be proactive, as it was outlined in the reviews of UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding capabilities,” he stressed.

“We welcome and fully support the efforts of the Secretary-General to develop and implement a robust, comprehensive UN reform agenda. Agenda with a focus being rightly placed on strengthening the UN peace and security architecture,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President outlined a series of necessary measures that will promote success in the UN reform.

“To begin with, it is the truly proactive role of the Secretary-General in carrying out his responsibilities in accordance with Article 99 of the UN Charter. No less important is the task of protection of civilians that has evolved into an integral part of UN peacekeeping. Due attention should also be given to securing proper funding and sufficient capabilities, including aviation assets, advanced intelligence and modern technologies,” the President emphasized.

According to him, moving from traditional peacekeeping to cost-effective “smart peacekeeping” is long overdue.

Petro Poroshenko also praised the initiative of the UN Secretary-General to eradicate the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse. “The scourge which continues to overshadow UN peacekeeping achievements,” he said and expressed hope for the prompt implementation of the relevant Compact with the Secretary-General across all UN operations.

The President emphasized: “I am proud that Ukraine has been a strong partner of this Organization in peacekeeping activities for many years”.

“I sincerely hope that this debate, along with the resolution we have just adopted, and which Ukraine has cosponsored, will contribute to this vital exercise,” the Head of State said.

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