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15 JANUARY 2013
PHL EXPLORES WAYS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN ENGAGEMENT WITH UN DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
11 January 2013 UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS Philippine Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Eduardo José De Vega met with United Nations Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler today to discuss ways of further strengthening the Philippines’ engagement with the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
Underscoring the Philippines’ commitment to “strengthening the ramparts of global peace and security,” Ambassador de Vega said during the meeting that various opportunities for strengthening the multi-faceted partnership with the DPKO were available, particularly in capacity building for Filipino Police Officers.
For her part, Orler commended the Philippines for its sustained contributions to the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations. She noted, in particular, the high quality of participation by Filipino police officers in and their contributions to various peacekeeping missions of the UN. Orler also welcomed the Philippines’ interest in identifying and undertaking activities aimed at strengthening collaboration with the UN DPKO, particularly in capacity building.
Among the partnerships already identified by the Philippines and DPKO for implementation in 2013 is a “Training of Trainers’ programme to be conducted in Manila. Areas being explored include greater participation of female police officers in peacekeeping operations.
Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan pointed out that “a deeper engagement with the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations benefits both the Philippines and the UN through the sharing of best practices based on actual field experiences.”
“Our participation in peacekeeping operations of the United Nations is a principled commitment and a demonstration of what we as a country and a people have contributed to keeping and securing global peace on the ground. By strengthening our partnership with the UN, we will continue to make sure that we further improve our capacities and ensure that we do our part in keeping our world more secure,” Ambassador Cabactulan explained.
The Philippines’ Police participation in the UN Peacekeeping Operations dates back to 1992 when it sent the first PNP contingent to Cambodia as part of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). Since 2006 until 2011, the Philippines was consistently among the Top Ten Contributing Countries for Individual Police Officers and for Female Individual Police Officers. END
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