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Side Event on Peacekeeping Capacity Building Convened at UN

2020-02-20 12:40

On 20 February, the Permanent Mission of China and the Permanent Missions of Indonesia, Morocco and Pakistan jointly held a side event on peacekeeping capacity building at the United Nations. Ambassador Zhang Jun chaired the meeting and delivered a statement. Deputy Permanent Representative of Morocco Omar Kadiri, Charge d'Affaires of Pakistan Mohammad Aamir Khan, and Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia Mohammad Kurniadi Koba co-chaired the meeting. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare. The meeting was attended by over 100 participants, including PRs, DPRs, military advisers and officials of Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Ethiopia, Egypt, Canada, Vietnam, Nepal, Greece, Fiji and Bangladesh.

Ambassador Zhang said that President Xi Jinping made a six-point commitment at the 2015 UN Peacekeeping Summit, and it has been implemented in the past five years. China has set up an 8,000-strong peacekeeping standby force and a standing peacekeeping police squad. China has deployed its first helicopter squad in Darfur, trained over 4,000 peacekeepers from various countries, and carried out demining assistance projects. China has continued to support the UN peacekeeping operations through the China-UN Peace and Development fund. China is fulfilling its commitments to multilateralism and world peace through concrete actions. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is a major troop contributor and the second largest fund contributor to peacekeeping operations. It is a staunch supporter for and important participant in the UN peacekeeping operations. Over the past 30 years, China has taken part in 26 UN peacekeeping operations, with the total dispatches exceeding 40,000 person/times. At present, more than 2,500 Chinese peacekeepers are serving in nine missions, whose responsibilities of demining, medical treatment, engineering, air transport and guarding services.

Ambassador Zhang said that UN peacekeeping operations are important measures to safeguard international peace and security. They arise from and adapt to the evolving times. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The "Action for Peacekeeping" initiative put forward by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has entered a crucial stage of implementation, and peacekeeping operations are at a new starting point. In the face of new challenges and dynamics, countries should actively explore, constantly improve and boldly reform peacekeeping work on the basis of observing the basic principles of peacekeeping.

The participants commended China, Indonesia, Morocco, and Pakistan for hosting the meeting. They agreed that strengthening peacekeeping capacity building was an inevitable requirement for improving peacekeeping operations and the meeting was most opportune, which reflected China's commitment to international peace and multilateralism as an important participant in peacekeeping operations.

The participants also discussed strengthening peacekeeping capacity building, improving peacekeepers’ security and enhancing partnerships. It was the general view that UN peacekeeping operations were an effective means of maintaining world peace and security. Implementing Secretary-General Guterres' "Action for Peacekeeping" initiative would help advance reform and strengthen capacity building for peacekeeping.

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