Chiefs of UN peacekeeping missions meet this week at annual New York retreat

17 March 2005

The heads of the 18 United Nations peacekeeping missions will hold their annual meeting, starting tomorrow, to exchange experiences and opinions on integrating former combatants into communities and on their own management and accountability.

Sixteen heads of mission will attend the three-day meeting in Glen Cove, New York, while two missions will be represented by principal deputies.

"The conference provides an opportunity for the UN's senior field leadership to interact directly with each other and their counterparts from Headquarters, and provide a forum for an informal exchange of information and opinions on issues of common concern," UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily Headquarters briefing in New York.

Against the background of the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, they are scheduled to discuss strengthening the management and accountability processes of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), as well as ways to create a clearer and more effective division of labour in complex, multidimensional peacekeeping operations.

They will also review disciplinary procedures and proposals.

The UN has instituted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual liaisons by civilian and military personnel during peacekeeping missions. Should a UN investigation of allegations find evidence of wrongdoing, the offenders are repatriated for disciplinary action by their home Governments.

 

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