Open debate to tap ways to improve safety, performance of UN peacekeepers

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-07 05:26:29|Editor: yan
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UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The Security Council will hold an open debate on "Investing in Peace: Delivering Quality Training and Capacity Building to Improve Safety and Security and Performance of UN Peacekeepers" on Tuesday, with the presence of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will chair the meeting, according to What's In Blue, a series of insights produced by Security Council Report on evolving Security Council actions.

A concept note circulated by Indonesia ahead of the open debate describes how the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers continue to outpace the allocated resources and drain the pool of capabilities contributed by member states.

The open debate will encourage participants to discuss the innovative measures that the Secretariat, troop- and police-contributing countries and other member states to identify capacity gaps, improve the quality of pre-deployment and in-mission training, and develop capacity.

The discussion takes place after the last session of the C-34 in February-March was unable to agree to its annual report as a result of substantive differences among member states, particularly regarding funding modalities of AU peace support operations.

The open debate will be an opportunity for UN members to address issues that would have been reflected in the annual report and renew political commitments to the role that training and capacity building play in support of mandate implementation.

In the lead-up to the meeting, Security Council members negotiated a draft presidential statement on the issue of training and capacity development.