Ladies and Gentlemen,
The contribution of my country to United Nations peacekeeping makes me feel proud, as well as pleased and honoured to participate in this Summit, organized to discuss the promotion of the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of United Nations peacekeeping operations. Also, I thank the organizers for staging our discussion at an exceptionally important and challenging juncture for international peace and security.
Maintenance of peace is our joint responsibility and calls for a continued contribution by all actors. Serbia attaches great importance to the key role of the United Nations in promoting and maintaining international peace and security and considers peacekeeping operations as one of the most important instruments to ensure lasting peace in the world.
Serbia agrees that it is necessary to reform institutions and supports the efforts aimed at increasing the efficiency and operability of peacekeeping missions, including the use of modern technology. We concur with the recommendations from the Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Report of the Secretary-General on the future of peace operations and consider that they provide a good basis for our future activities. It is also necessary to include the entire United Nations system in the process of implementation of the recommendations of the Reports and upgrade the training of peacekeeping participants. We strongly support the strengthening of the comprehensive approach to the interrelated questions of security and development and the greater participation of women.
I am proud to speak on behalf of the country placing among top 8 in Europe by the number of peacekeepers. Almost 350 Serbs, men and women, take part in peacekeeping missions all over the world today. And, as a country aspiring to become a member of the European Union, Serbia takes part in EU missions as well.
We plan to increase our participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations and, in that context, pledge to contribute an engineering general support company and an air medical evacuation team in the coming period, as well as up to 3 staff officers in MINUSMA. Our intention is in line with our firm commitment to the process of building and maintaining peace in light of the experiences Serbia and the region have had in this regard.
Holding the current OSCE Chairmanship, Serbia attaches great attention to the role of regional organizations in peacekeeping missions and the increasing importance of the partnership between global and regional organizations. To highlight the importance, we shall organize a side event on OSCE peace operations during the general debate of the current session of the General Assembly. It will take place on 1 October.
Today, Serbia partners every United Nations Member State contributing by active engagement and cooperation to lasting peace and prosperity in the world. We are firmly committed to promoting sustainable peace and development, which is the basis for reconciliation, understanding, stability and prevention of conflicts from recurring. Let us unite therefore, in will and effort, on the challenging, yet lofty road to peace in the world.