Dhaka – Bangladesh, one of the leading contributors to the global peace mission, has emphasized reforms and elevated dignity to the UN peacekeeping missions to counter the growing unconventional threats.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at an event on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly also sounded warning against any move to cut cost of the UN missions across the globe.
“Investment in UN peacekeeping is worth every life it saves. Reducing costs and personnel can have serious impact on the ground,” Hasina said addressing the event in New York.
UN secretary General Antonio Guterres took the initiative to stage High-Level Event on Action for Peacekeeping coinciding with the UNGA session.
“We must all work with a positive mindset to uphold the dignity of UN peacekeeping,” said Hasina.
The peacekeepers are now deployed in certain places where there is no peace to keep and they face growing unconventional threats from non-state actors.
The UN missions often work alongside other forces with different standards making peacekeeping operations difficult and dangerous and therefore the concerns of those on the frontline must be heard.
“Peacekeepers should, therefore, be given clear mandates and they should be adequately authorized and equipped to fulfill their mandates,” Hasina said referring to Bangladesh’s conviction to the peace-building.
“We have never failed to respond to the UN’s call for maintaining peace,” she said adding that Bangladesh had been contributing troops to the UN missions for the last 30 years.
Bangladesh will be happy to provide more senior leadership at the Headquarters and in the field.