September 13, 2018

Romania’s Permanent Representative to UN gives speech on reform of peacekeeping operations
Sep 13, 2018

Romania’s Permanent Representative to UN gives speech on reform of peacekeeping operations.
Romania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ion Jinga, on Wednesday delivered a speech to a debate on the reform of the UN peacekeeping operations organised by the US presidency of the United Nations Security Council, according to a press statement released by Romania's Permanent Mission at the UN. In his speech, Jinga stressed the importance of the most visible UN tool for ensuring peace and stability at global level - peacekeeping operations - and drew attention to the need to adjust operations to current realities. "In order to ensure a rapid and effective response to achieving the goals, states should focus efforts on mobilising as wide a support as possible for the development of clear standards, the imposition of increased responsibility and the deployment on the ground of properly equipped and properly prepared forces," said Jinga. Mentioning the initiative of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called "Peacekeeping Action", launched to meet these challenges, Jinga expressed Romania's support for this initiative, which advocates the need to establish and conduct peacekeeping operations tailored to their purpose, and to promote a comprehensive approach to field missions. Romania supports and promotes a zero-tolerance policy towards acts of sexual abuse and exploitation in peacekeeping missions, with particular attention being attached by the country to the prevention of these acts, Jinga said, adding that the Romanian staff participating in such operations is trained in this regard before being deployed on mission. Romania is a signatory of the UN Voluntary Compact on Elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and the President of Romania is a member of the Circle of Leadership on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse within the UN operations, that was created by the UN Secretary-General. According to the statement, Jinga referenced a series of measures adopted by the UN Secretariat in order to establish specialised bodies for the generation of logistic forces and capabilities, while also highlighting the transparency of the process of selection and recruitment of police officers deployed on peacekeeping operations, by aligning the specific standards to the UN-specific doctrinal framework, called the Strategic Guidance Framework. "The reform of the UN peacekeeping operations must begin with a comprehensive and inclusive vision setting standards for staff evaluation, performance and real responsibility. This set of principles defines Romania's vision for the reform of the peacekeeping sector, the basis of the experience of nearly three decades in missions and operations under the UN flag,"Jinga said. AGERPRES (RO - editor: Gabriela Ionescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Rodica State)
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