Innovation is Key to Strengthen UN Peacekeeping

14 February 2018 358 Views

New York – “The United Nations has to increase logistics and operational support for peacekeeping operations in order to achieve optimal outcomes. Therefore, contributing countries are in need of innovative solutions for procurement and funding,” Major General TNI Hartind Asrin, Director General for Defence Strategy of the Indonesian Defence Ministry and Head of the Indonesian Delegation, underlined during the General Assembly meeting of the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34), on Monday (12/2) at the UNHQ in New York.

Mr. Asrin also called for the C-34 to focus on the aspect of security and safety of the peacekeepers. The issue has become more pressing considering 56 peacekeepers lost their lives on duty throughout last year - highest ever number on record.

Mr. Asrin furthermore emphasized the importance of having sustainable capacity-building programs for peacekeepers and strong financial support to eradicate disparity amongst UN Peacekeeping Missions that will contribute to achieve sustainable peace in post-conflict areas.

Side Event

On the occassion of the C-34 meeting, Indonesia will also hold a Panel Discussion on “Overcoming Capability Gaps in Peacekeeping Operations: Challenges & Opportunities”. The Side Event is organized by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General of Multilateral Cooperation on Wednesday (14/2) at the UNHQ in New York.

The side event is Indonesia effort to make intellectual contribution for the betterment of UN Peacekeeping Operations, in particular with regards to the role of national strategic industries. Indonesia is also looking to promote its military equipment products, which over the years, have successfully supported Indonesia’s peacekeeping operations as well as other contributing countries.

The event will also showcase some of Indonesia’s top-notched military equipments produced by PT. Pindad, PT. Dirgantara Indonesia, and PT. Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex). The exhibition is scheduled from February 12 to 23, 2018 at the UNHQ in New York.

The annual C-34 meeting was officially opened on Monday (12/2) and due to conclude on March 9. The committee was established by General Assembly Resolution 2006 (XIX) of 18 February 1965, to conduct a comprehensive review of all issues relating to peacekeeping. It reports to the General Assembly on its work through the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) and is composed of 124 Member States, mostly past or current contributors of peacekeeping operations.

Source: Directorate of International Security and Disarmament