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Secretary-General's video message to High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping, 18-19 February

18 Feb 2019

Dear colleagues,
I am delighted to see our peacekeeping leadership come together to take forward the Action for Peacekeeping initiative.
A4P is our core agenda for peacekeeping, endorsed by over 150 countries and organizations.
Our surge in diplomacy for peace is producing results.
The peace agreements in South Sudan and the Central African Republic are examples of partnership and persistence.  
But, of course, we must do far more.
We must continue to invest in training and equipment, in performance and effectiveness, and in the deployment and participation of women.
The Action Plan for the safety and security of our peacekeepers demonstrates the seriousness of our commitment.
In 2018, the number of fatalities due to malicious acts was cut in half.  
But it remains unacceptably high. I honour the service and sacrifice of our peacekeepers and pay tribute to those fallen in the cause of peace.
Looking ahead, let us continue to advance political solutions, strengthen partnerships and enable peacekeeping to realize its full potential.
I wish you fruitful discussions on this flagship effort.
Thank you.