Ethiopia to table draft resolution on reform of UN peacekeeping today

Addis Ababa, September 20, 2017 (FBC) -The High Level Open Debate on Reform of United Nations Peacekeeping will be held in New York today.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will chair the debate, which has already attracted a lot of attention with the high level participation of members of the United Nations.

So far, nine Presidents, three Vice Presidents, six Prime Ministers, three Deputy Prime Minister and more than thirty Foreign Ministers are confirmed to attend the debate.

More than seventy countries have also registered to speak at the event demonstrating the importance attached to the high level debate by member states.

Secretary-General António Guterres, Chairperson of the African UnionCommission Moussa Faki and Former President of Timor Leste and Chair of the High Level Panel on the Review of Peace Operations (HIPPO) José Ramos-Horta will brief the Council on the theme of the Debate.

A draft resolution on the reform of United Nations peacekeeping to be tabled by Ethiopia will be adopted during the debate.

The draft resolution calls for accelerating reform and welcomes the efforts being made by the Secretary-General in this regard.

It also lays emphasis on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of UN Peacekeeping and underscores the need for peacekeepers to be equipped with the necessary capability.

All Council members have decided to co-sponsor the draft resolution and several other non-members are also expressing interest to co-sponsor.

In a separate development, Prime Minister Hailemariam yesterday attended a high level event hosted by the UK and the UN on how to end modern slavery on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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He also met and held bilateral talks with his Danish counterpart, Lars Løkke Rasmussen as well as attended the opening of the UNGA.

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Posted by Amare Asrat