On 31 October 2014, I convened a High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations to undertake a thorough review of United Nations peace operations today and the emerging needs of the future. I invited this panel to take a comprehensive look at how United Nations peace operations could continue to contribute to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and be best designed and equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow. I encouraged the panel to be bold and forward leaning and to engage widely in the course of their review.
I asked José Ramos-Horta, the former Head of State of Timor-Leste, to chair the Panel, and Ameerah Haq to be Vice-Chair. The Panel also included the following eminent personalities from around the world: Jean Arnault, Marie -Louise Baricako, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Abhijit Guha, Andrew Hughes, Alexander Ilitchev, Hilde F. Johnson, Youssef Mahmoud, Ian Martin, Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu, B. Lynn Pascoe, Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto, Rima Salah and Wang Xuexian.
I would be grateful if the report of the Panel, which has been transmitted to me in the enclosed letter dated 16 June 2015 from the Chair of the Panel, could be brought to the attention of Member States. I will study it carefully and will present to the Security Council and the General Assembly my proposals on how we can take forward the findings of this important work. My office will be in charge of following up on the recommendations, with close participation of all key departments and stakeholders. We see the task as nothing less than preparing the United Nations to rise to the peace and security challenges of the future.
Many of the recommendations of the Panel relate to matters within the purview of the Secretary-General, while others will need the approval and support of the General Assembly or the Security Council. I look forward to working closely with Member States and other key partners as we review the report and determine how best to implement its recommendations.
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