The General Assembly of the United Nations, met on Monday to discuss among other issues, the agenda item strengthening of the United Nations system, for which it had before it a report of the Secretary-General on the future of United Nations peace operations: implementation of the recommendations of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.
In his opening statement on the agenda item, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, The Secretary -General of the United Nations, said, UN peace operations are a global instrument thus making them fit for purpose is a collective responsibility.
He told the Assembly that, he hoped the Monday meeting marked the start of early and concerted action to strengthen a set of vital tools at a time when they are most in need.
According to Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the historic adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last month underscores a long-standing truth: there will be no peace without development, no development without peace, and neither without respect for human rights.
A year ago, the Secretary- General had appointed a panel to asses UN operations and suggest ways to meet the challenges that are faced by both Peacekeeping and Special Political Mission. Former President Ramos Horta of Timor Leste led the Panel as its chair.
“UN peace operations are political tools. Their objective is to pursue and sustain negotiated political settlements. They cannot substitute for a clear political strategy to bring an end to conflict. Nor should they be used to give the appearance of action, or given mandates without the means; peace operations must be used responsibly”. Said the Secretary – General.
Adding “UN peace operations must be judged by their impact on people. They must make every effort to protect civilians and defend the rights of people in conflict. And they must never abuse that trust”.
Throughout the day, many of the 42 speakers taking the floor including the United Republic of Tanzania while commending the SG for his report, stressed the need for United Nations cooperation with regional organizations.
In his statement, the Permanent Representative, Ambassador Manongi, welcomed the report of the Secretary General on the future of the United Nations peace operations based on the recommendations of the High-Level Independent Panel.
Ambassador Manongi stated that it is beyond that the demands for fulfilling the promise and vision of the Charter of the United Nations namely, to save succeeding generations from the scourge on was, and is proving more challenging today than in any other period in the history of the Organization.