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16 Feb 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
It is a true pleasure to be here today at the opening debate of this year’s session of the Special Committee.  I want to thank you, Chair, for the invitation to speak today, and I congratulate you and the members of the bureau on your re-election. This year’s debate is taking place at a moment of singular challenge, but also of singular opportunity.  The changing nature of conflict as we all know is placing great pressure on the international community and on all concerned.
16 Feb 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General’s Jan Eliasson’s remarks to the General Assembly Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations opening debate, in New York today: It is a true pleasure to be here today at the opening debate of this year’s session of the Special Committee.  I want to thank you, Chair, for the invitation to speak today, and I congratulate you and the members of the bureau on your re-election. This year’s debate is taking place at a moment of singular challenge, but also of singular opportunity.
15 Feb 2016 | Security Council
Excelentísima Sra. Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez, Canciller de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela y Presidenta del Consejo de Seguridad, Distinguidos Ministros, Distinguidos Miembros del Consejo de Seguridad, Agradezco a la Presidencia de Venezuela haber organizado este debate abierto sobre un tema de enorme importancia para las Naciones Unidas. Today’s event continues the useful discussion initiated last year under the Chinese presidency.
18 Jun 2015 | UN Headquarters
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. You represent collective security and international solidarity in action. I thank you for your dedication and leadership. I commend the thousands of peacekeeping troops who serve with honour under your command. Together, you have helped to separate forces, disarm fighters, monitor human rights, provide care and so much more. Our deployments are greater than ever before.
17 Jun 2015
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.
27 Mar 2015
I am honoured to be here today at the closing of this first Conference of Chiefs of Defence ever held at the United Nations. I understand you have had a fruitful meeting.  I am encouraged by your discussions.  There is wide agreement on the value and crucial role of United Nations peacekeeping and peace operations. Constant, inclusive and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders is fundamental to strengthening our partnership. Your meeting here represents a critical moment in this dialogue and, in fact, for UN peace operations.
27 Mar 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York
I am pleased to welcome you to this historic conference. Never before have so many Chiefs of Defence gathered from every region on earth for the same purpose. I call on you to make this event truly momentous by helping the United Nations rise to the urgent challenges of our times. Peacekeepers deploy on the frontlines of human misery – in some of the most dangerous places on earth. The threats are growing.
16 Dec 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York
Merci, Monsieur le Président, et merci au Gouvernement tchadien, d’organiser ce débat sur les opérations de paix et le partenariat entre les Nations Unies et l’Union africaine. Monsieur le président, si vous le permettez, je voudrais faire une déclaration sur la situation au Pakistan. Before addressing today’s formal agenda, I would like to say a few words about the bloodcurdling attack today in Pakistan.
11 Jun 2014
I thank the Russian Federation for providing this important opportunity to collectively examine trends in UN peacekeeping.
29 May 2014
I am honoured to be here today on this solemn occasion. Today, we posthumously award the Dag Hammarskjöld medal to 106 peacekeepers who died while serving under the United Nations flag last year. I regret to say this is the sixth year in a row that more than 100 peacekeepers lost their lives.