High Level Open Debate on Peacekeeping: Big day for the Ethiopian Presidency 20 September 2017

Today is the highlight of the Ethiopian Presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month. The High Level Open Debate on Reform of United Nations Peacekeeping is going on starting from 10:00am chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, President of the Security Council. 

The debate has already attracted a lot of attention with the high level participation of members of the United Nations. So far, nine Presidents, three Vice Presidents, six Prime Ministers, three Deputy Prime Minister and more than thirty Foreign Ministers are confirmed to attend the debate. More than seventy countries have also registered to speak at the event demonstrating the importance attached to the high level debate by member states.

Secretary-General António Guterres, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki and Former President of Timor Leste and Chair of the High Level Panel on the Review of Peace Operations (HIPPO) José Ramos-Horta briefed the Council on the theme of the Debate.

A draft resolution on the reform of United Nations peacekeeping tabled by #Ethiopia is unanimously adopted during the debate. The draft resolution calls for accelerating reform and welcomes the efforts being made by the Secretary-General in this regard. It also lays emphasis on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of UN Peacekeeping and underscores the need for peacekeepers to be equipped with the necessary capabilities. In this regard, it calls for the existing gaps to be addressed. It also recognizes the importance of enhancing partnerships particularly between the #UN and the #AU. Council is expected to agree to consider taking practical steps on financing AU led peace support operations authorized by the United Nations Security Council on a case by case basis.

All Council members have decided to co-sponsor the draft resolution and several other non-members are also expressing interest to co-sponsor. This is indeed a big success for Ethiopia which as a leading Troop Contributing country attaches great importance to strengthening UN Peacekeeping. This is also one of the most important priorities of Ethiopia in its activities in the Security Council.