Successful peacekeeping requires the “highest standards of conduct” by civilian and uniformed peacekeepers, the UN main told a High-Level Meeting this week on Strengthening the Conduct of Peacekeeping Personnel.
Therefore, “strengthening accountability for the behaviour of peacekeeping unit is…central to the Action For Peacekeeping initiative”, known arsenic A4P, Secretary-General António Guterres said successful a video message delivered astatine the meeting on Monday.
Although the “vast majority” of UN unit unrecorded up to the highest standards of conduct, immoderate lapse not only has “a devastating interaction connected victims and survivors”, but besides “undermines our operational ratio and our planetary reputation”, explained Mr. Guterres.
As the Organization works to summation transparency, fortify interior accountability, and emphasizes the needs and rights of victims and survivors, steady progress has been made on improving grooming and reporting misconduct with Member States “vital partners successful each these efforts”, he said.
To forestall misconduct, enforce standards and remedy harm, the apical UN authoritative underscored the value of supporting victims and survivors, arsenic good arsenic children calved from intersexual exploitation oregon maltreatment by UN personnel.
“This includes ensuring that peacekeepers who begetter children instrumentality afloat work for them, by helping women to marque paternity and kid enactment claims”, helium spelled out.
Progress on this corporate priority must continue by learning from and gathering on past lessons and ensuring accountability for UN personnel blameworthy of misconduct, said the UN chief.
Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean Pierre-Lacroix reminded that behaviour and subject have been portion of A4P since its inception.
He also stressed the value of being proactive in understanding where the gaps lie.
While sharing good practices successful prevention and enforcement, the apical UN peacekeeper emphasized the request to “build connected what is moving and what demonstrates potential”.
At the aforesaid time, helium underscored the need to address challenges, specified arsenic timely investigations, ensure that sanctions are commensurate with the gravity of misconduct and enactment victims of intersexual exploitation and abuse.
Fulfilling the compact
Turning to the Compact connected Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the UN peacekeeping chief noted that 89 retired of the 103 signatories to date are unit oregon constabulary contributing countries.
“The Secretary-General is wide that we indispensable attack our efforts astatine extortion from intersexual exploitation and maltreatment crossed the United Nations system. Misconduct is not unsocial to peacekeeping and requires an integrated ‘one UN’ response, helium said, calling connected all Member States to articulation the Compact.
The top UN peacekeeping authoritative concluded by saying: “We cannot fto up connected our enactment to fortify the behaviour of peacekeeping personnel”.