ENSURE PEACE ACROSS WORLD: HASINA URGES UN PEACEKEEPERS
Unb, New York
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all the members of the UN peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world.
She was speaking at a summit on UN peacekeeping operations at the UN headquarters here on Monday. The meeting was organised on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The PM said Bangladesh’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is strong and steadfast and it stands ready to go further.
Bangladesh is adopting a national peacekeeping strategy to better respond to the evolving needs of the UN peacekeeping missions on the ground and at policy level, she noted.
“The national peacekeeping strategy paper is now at the final stage. As the leading troops and police contributor, Bangladesh stands ready to go further.”
“In Mali, DR Congo and Central African Republic, Bangladesh was the quickest to deploy troops under blue helmet,” mentioned Hasina.
Recalling Bangladesh’s commitments in last year’s summit, she said her country is committed to providing infantry battalions, formed police units, utility helicopters, engineering and maritime units, and other enabling assets to address the existing and projected gaps in peacekeeping missions.
The PM said Bangladesh recognises the need for the modernisation of peacekeeping operations with new technologies.
Bangladesh has established Bangladesh Institute for Peace Support Operations and Training (BIPSOT). The institute is being developed as a centre of excellence for training peacekeepers, especially the women members, she added.
Bangladesh, said Hasina, is pledge-bound to provide customised training and technical support to other troops and police contributing countries. “Bangladesh is also committed to protecting civilians and promoting gender and human rights issues.”
She called for “zero tolerance” towards sexual misconduct by peacekeepers saying that highest priority should be given to the safety and security of peacekeepers.
The summit was jointly hosted by Bangladesh, the USA, Japan, Pakistan Rwanda, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Ethiopia and the UN.
Leaders of over 50 countries from around the world attended the meeting. They committed to mobilise a strong and modern UN peacekeeping force with 1.20 lakh troops.
The Bangladesh PM, US President Barak Obama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, the UN secretary general and leaders of six other countries co-chaired the summit.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015