UN calls for increased support

The United Nations has argued for “maintaining space for peace operations”, which remains a visible expression of multilateralism.

“We must make every effort to maintain the space for UN peace operations, which remains a visible expression of a functioning multilateral system,” underlined the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations. UN, Jean-Pierre Lacroix during a meeting of the Security Council on peacekeeping operations.

In this context, he emphasized the need to stay the course to support peacebuilding in complex mission contexts, particularly in Mali, but also in countries such as Lebanon, given the serious difficulties encountered and aggravated by the world situation.

“Our impact depends on peace operations and our partners working cohesively and in tandem to prevent, mitigate and reduce conflict,” he said.

The UN official further noted that the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, exacerbated by growing geopolitical tensions, the COVID-19 pandemic and the destructive impact of climate change.

“In the midst of all this, UN peacekeepers remain on the front line,” he said, adding that these soldiers face “unprecedented risks, including targeting by violent extremists”. .

Lacroix lamented that despite tremendous efforts, the annual decrease in the number of peacekeeper casualties has reversed. In this sense, he recalled that in 2021, the number of deaths due to malicious acts doubled compared to 2020, going from 13 to 25.

“Unfortunately, he regretted, this trend continues with 21 deaths due to malicious acts as of August 26, 2022”.

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