Bangladesh calls for greater int’l efforts for safety, security of peacekeepers
Publish- February 16, 2021, 12:29 PM
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Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Rabab Fatima condemned the attacks on peacekeepers and called for accountability for the crimes against the peacekeepers
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima has called for greater international efforts to ensure safety and security of the peacekeepers, including by embedding emergency preparedness in the mandate setting.
“As the leading Troop and Police Contributing Country (TPCC), with a large number of our troops deployed, ensuring the safety and security of our contingents is of paramount importance to us,” she said while addressing the Special Committee on the Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) at the General Assembly on Monday.
Ambassador Fatima paid tribute to the peacekeepers for fulfilling their mandates in the midst of the pandemic and providing important support to the host nation’s pandemic response efforts.
She also stressed on prioritization of peacekeepers for COVID-19 vaccines.
Referring to the increased multidimensional and multifaceted threats to international peace and security, the Ambassador stated that, in such a shifting there is no alternative to stronger peacekeeping. She acknowledged the continuous reform undertaken by the UN in this regard including implementation of the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) agenda, and welcomed its review.
Ambassador Fatima also called for systematic efforts to incorporate the inputs coming from the peacekeepers on the ground in the major policy documents of the UN.
Bangladesh Ambassador highlighted the importance of increased participation of women in peacekeeping and called for increased resource allocation for creating an enabling environment for women in peacekeeping, and for diversification of women’s role through training and capacity building.
Referring to the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, she reiterated Bangladesh’s readiness to at all levels, including in command positions, and in diversified roles.
Bangladesh is currently the largest troops contributing country to the United Nations and a member of the C-34.