UN / LACROIX PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

22-Feb-2021 00:01:51
Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that “in addition to overcoming the risk of paralysis resulting from COVID-19” peacekeeping missions, “have also had to face very serious and unpredicted events in many of our mission settings.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / LACROIX PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
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DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

22 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Wide shot, cameras
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“In addition to overcoming the risk of paralysis resulting from COVID-19, our missions have also had to face very serious and unpredicted events in many of our mission settings”
5. Wide shot, dais
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“In spite of all these challenges we continue to do the job. Our colleagues continue to do the job and they continue to make a difference.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“Despite of all the efforts that we’ve made, and we have been successful, which have resulted in significant improvements in safety and security of our peacekeepers, there is a lot that we need to do. We need to continue the efforts, but more broadly, we need to continue all the actions that have been undertaken to improve the protection, the effectiveness, the impact of peacekeeping.”
9. Wide shot, dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“There is a presence, actually a significant presence of MONUSCO in Goma, so many peacekeepers were no further that 25 kilometres. But as far as the exact unfolding of the incidents, I don’t have more details for now and the investigation will bring hopefully clarity to that and MONUSCO will support the investigation.”
11. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix today (22 Feb) said that “In addition to overcoming the risk of paralysis resulting from COVID-19” peacekeeping missions, “have also had to face very serious and unpredicted events in many of our mission settings.”

Lacroix mentioned the coup in Mali, election violence in the Central African Republic and tensions in Western Sahara.

He said, “in spite of all these challenges we continue to do the job. Our colleagues continue to do the job and they continue to make a difference.”

Speaking of today’s attack against a joint field mission of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by unidentified armed elements, Lacroix said, “despite of all the efforts that we’ve made, and we have been successful, which have resulted in significant improvements in safety and security of our peacekeepers, there is a lot that we need to do. We need to continue the efforts, but more broadly, we need to continue all the actions that have been undertaken to improve the protection, the effectiveness, the impact of peacekeeping.”

Responding to a question from a reporter, he said, “there is a presence, actually a significant presence of MONUSCO in Goma, so many peacekeepers were no further that 25 kilometres. But as far as the exact unfolding of the incidents, I don’t have more details for now and the investigation will bring hopefully clarity to that and MONUSCO will support the investigation.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack, wich took place in Kibumba, near Goma, North Kivu, and resulted in the killing of three people, including the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his bodyguard and a WFP national staff member.
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