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SG/SM/17214-GA/11704-PKO/531 Secretary-General, Opening General Assembly Debate, Outlines Action Agenda That Places Prevention, Capabilities, Partnerships at Core of Peace Operations Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the General Assembly’s formal debate on peace operations today: I thank the President of the General Assembly for bringing us together for an especially timely debate on how best to strengthen United Nations peace operations. In recent years, all of us have grown deeply concerned about the escalating challenges confronting UN peace operations — both peacekeeping and special political missions. One year ago today, I appointed an eminent panel to assess our operations and suggest ways to meet these tests. President Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste, with wide-ranging national and UN experience, was uniquely suited to lead this effort.  Ms. Ameerah Haq, who served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and also as Vice Chair of this panel, has also had extensive exposure to the realities the United Nations faces in the field.  I am very pleased that both are with us today. The task was ambitious and the time was short.  Yet the Panel delivered a report that was wise and bold, and reflects the results of consultations with diverse stakeholders in every region of the world. I thank the Panel for its outstanding service on behalf of all those around the world living under the threat or the reality of conflict. Last month, I submitted to you my implementation report.  It conveys my strong support for the Panel’s recommendations and identifies those areas where I believe we can move forward immediately. My report calls on the General Assembly and the Security Council...

Remarks by the President of the General Assembly on the HIPPO-implementation report of the Secretary-General

Opening remarks by Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly General Assembly at Plenary Debate: Strengthening of the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (A/70/357) 12 October 2015 Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Peace operations are at the heart of UN’s global engagement. They are among the major innovations since the UN’s inception which have enabled this Organisation to better fulfil its mandate and have contributed greatly to peace and security in our world. But peace operations, like any tool, are in constant need of refinement. Evolving challenges and threats to international peace and security make it necessary for the UN to strengthen its role, capacity and efficiency and more particularly the effectiveness of field operations. Today’s debate is both necessary and timely. The dramatic global refugee crisis and the other humanitarian as well as security dimensions of ongoing crises, demonstrate just how complex today’s conflicts have become. In light of these new realities, we must review our practices and instruments, how we approach policy and operational questions, and how we address budgetary and management issues. I therefore commend the Secretary-General for having taken the initiative to launch this review. The high-level independent panel on peace operations consulted widely and their work resulted in a number of concrete recommendations. Subsequently, member states have received the Secretary General’s implementation report. Having examined these important contributions, it is now up to the membership to consider how this key initiative can be transformed into concrete steps that ensure the UN’s peace operations can adequately respond to our changing world. This is...

Sustaining Peace as the Ultimate Goal: Q&A with ASG Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

2nd October 2015 Peacebuilding is not an afterthought, but a core task for the United Nations. It will require a “significant change in mindset” to place peacebuilding at the center of the UN’s conflict responses, according to Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support. Speaking with International Peace Institute Senior Policy Analyst Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Fernandez-Taranco reflected on the recent report of the Advisory Group of Experts for the 2015 Review of UN Peacebuilding. The report coined a new term, “sustaining peace,” to call for a coherent approach to peacebuilding and “as a reminder of the UN’s original peace and security goal,” he said. Fernandez-Taranco highlighted the increasingly complex and protracted nature of conflict today. A key dilemma for the UN, he said, is “constantly addressing immediate and short-term responses,” even though many crises require a longer-term vision. He said that uniting the UN’s work under the concept of “sustaining peace” can help ensure a more strategic response to address these challenges. This will require that UN actors overcome fragmentation, and coordinate their responses across various departments and between headquarters and field operations. Fernandez-Taranco believes that peacebuilding can play this uniting role: “Peacebuilding should be seen as a thread that runs through the whole conflict cycle, focusing the attention of everybody on the ultimate goal, which is sustainable peace.” Listen to interview: /wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Taranco-final.mp3   I’m here today with Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support. Before taking this role in November 2014, he served as Assistant Secretary General of Political Affairs for five years, building on his work across the UN system from Haiti to...
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