The United Nations and the European Union signed an agreement today in the margins of the 75th session of the General Assembly to enhance cooperation and strengthen collective response in peace operations and crisis management.
I thank the German Presidency for convening this important discussion.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to profoundly affect peace and security across the globe.
The consequences can be seen even in a number of countries traditionally seen as “stable”.
I thank the Government of Estonia for convening this debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
Protecting civilians must be a joint effort by Governments, civil society and international organizations. I look forward to hearing the views of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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I am pleased to be able to join you in this time of unprecedented crisis to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security in Africa.
The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies.
by Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix
United Nations peace operations promote stability and security in some of the world’s most dangerous and fragile places. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military, and police—were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and contain conflicts in hot spots and war zones across the globe.
New York, 6 December 2019
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to thank the United States as well as India, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam for convening today’s important meeting.
Improving the concrete, measurable impact we have on the ground is our highest priority.
It is at the core of everything we are trying to achieve through Action for Peacekeeping.
United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international peace and security. But they are temporary. We are strengthening our focus on moments of transition, when our missions are reconfigured or leave a country.