New Zealand calls for reform of the way UN peacekeeping forces operate

24 September 2010
Murray McCully, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand

United Nations peacekeeping missions need clearer and more attainable mandates, increased efficiency and better ways to monitor progress, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly, advocating for reform of the many such operations worldwide.

United Nations peacekeeping missions need clearer and more attainable mandates, increased efficiency and better ways to monitor progress, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly, advocating for reform of the many such operations worldwide.

Pointing to the “dramatic” expansion in UN peacekeeping since 1990, Murray McCully noted that “never before has this Organization deploy so many missions to such complex environments.”

Currently there are 15 UN peacekeeping missions in place on four continents, while 11 UN political missions are also involved in complex peacebuilding or conflict prevention efforts.

“This expansion has opened up the discussion of the way the UN conducts its peacekeeping operations,” said Mr. McCully. “Clear and achievable mandates are needed, progress needs to be better monitored, and efficiency needs to be improved.”

The Foreign Minister said it was vital to strengthen peacebuilding in practice as well, particularly the need for the greater participation of women in peacebuilding efforts.

He said his own country was involved in peacekeeping or peacebuilding efforts in many countries, including Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.

“New Zealand is committed to supporting global security and UN peacekeeping,” he stressed.

 

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