UNSC adopts draft resolution on reform of UN peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, September 20, 2017 (FBC) - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today unanimously approved the draft resolution on the reform of United Nations peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia.

It was co-sponsored by all members of the Council.

Members of the Council approved the resolution at the High Level Open Debate held in New York under the Chairmanship of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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

In his remark, Prime Minister Hailemariam said the adoption of the resolution has particular significance for Ethiopia as one of the leading troop contributing countries to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

“Today, more than eight thousand Ethiopian peacekeepers are serving under the blue helmet in Darfur, Abyei and South Sudan. Ethiopia takes pride in its important role in UN peacekeeping and today we are pleased to have made a modest contribution to advancing the reform of UN peacekeeping by proposing the draft resolution we just adopted,” he said.

The Premier also stressed on the need to have the necessary capabilities for peacekeepers to carry out their mandate and protect civilians.

PM Hailemariam expressed his appreciation to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his efforts to strengthen UN peacekeeping and thanked African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki for his commitment to enhancing the UN-AU partnership.

Posted by Amare Asrat