UN / SEOUL PEACEKEEPING MINISTERIAL MEETING

22-Nov-2021 00:02:21
Top UN officials today briefed reporters on the upcoming 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, which will focus on achieving concrete and tangible outcomes to improve peacekeeping operations, in line with ongoing peacekeeping reform efforts. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SEOUL PEACEKEEPING MINISTERIAL MEETING
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN:
“We want to improve the UN Peacekeeping Operations, to make the peacekeepers more efficient, reliable and accountable. So delegates will discuss how to improve the operability and capacity of the PKO. And secondly, we will talk about how we can improve enhance the women participation. And thirdly, of course, we will address the issue of climate change.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“If we make a better use of the opportunities that are offered by digital technologies, we can improve peacekeeping, we can improve safety and security, we can improve information gathering and planning, we can improve the way we communicate and therefore, we are keen to have this topic highlighted as one of the key priority areas during the Seoul meeting.”

6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“What we also expect from our Member States is very much related to our efforts - is pledges because there's nothing we can do without the capacities and support from our Member States and, we have a number of capacity gaps in our peacekeeping missions. So we shared with our Member States a list of expected pledges, it's a broad list, it covers a number of key capacities but also suggestion in the form of support to training, partnership, so on so forth, and we very much look forward to having our Member States pledged those capacities.”

8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support:
“Reducing the carbon footprint of the peacekeeping missions is one of our key environmental objectives. And we hope to see Member States deploy their units with renewable energy capacity of their own or from the support from other Member States.”

10. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
Top UN officials today (22 Nov) briefed reporters on the upcoming 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, which will focus on achieving concrete and tangible outcomes to improve peacekeeping operations, in line with ongoing peacekeeping reform efforts, specifically Action for Peacekeeping+.

Member States will be encouraged to create or strengthen bilateral and triangular support and partnerships to ensure these improvements are sustained and have impact.

South Korean Ambassador Cho Hyun, who’s country will be hosting the Meeting briefed reporters in New York on several objectives. He said, “we want to improve the UN Peacekeeping Operations, to make the peacekeepers more efficient, reliable and accountable.”

He continued, “delegates will discuss how to improve the operability and capacity of the PKO. And secondly, we will talk about how we can improve enhance the women participation. And thirdly, of course, we will address the issue of climate change.”

In consideration of the impact of medical support and technology on enhancing peacekeeping, the Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial will highlight medical capacity building and technology in peacekeeping as important cross-cutting issues.

UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, “if we make a better use of the opportunities that are offered by digital technologies, we can improve peacekeeping, we can improve safety and security, we can improve information gathering and planning, we can improve the way we communicate and therefore, we are keen to have this topic highlighted as one of the key priority areas during the Seoul meeting.”

Lacroix also said, “what we also expect from our Member States is very much related to our efforts - is pledges because there's nothing we can do without the capacities and support from our Member States and, we have a number of capacity gaps in our peacekeeping missions”

He said that the UN has shared with Member States a list of expected pledges, “it's a broad list, it covers a number of key capacities but also suggestion in the form of support to training, partnership, so on so forth, and we very much look forward to having our Member States pledged those capacities.”

Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support briefed reporters via a video link. He reiterated, “reducing the carbon footprint of the peacekeeping missions is one of our key environmental objectives. And we hope to see Member States deploy their units with renewable energy capacity of their own or from the support from other Member States.”

The 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial will be hosted by the Republic of Korea on 7-8 December 2021. It will be the latest in a series of meetings at head of state, government or ministerial level since 2014, with the 2019 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial held in New York.
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