Statement by Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations at the Security Council Debate on Strengthening the Relationship between the Security Council, the Secretariat and Troop and Police Contributing Countries (Triangular Cooperation) (10 July 2019)

Mr. President,

My delegation thanks Peru for organizing this debate.

Let me also thank Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Force Commander MINUSMA Dennis Gyllensporre, and Alexandra Novosseloff of IPI for their briefings earlier today.

Mr. President,

My country has been a consistent troop and police contributor to UN peacekeeping for close to six decades. Over 200,000 of our bravest have served in 46 missions around the world in some of the most high-risk environments. 156 of them have made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of international peace and security.

The dedication and professionalism of our peacekeepers is widely acknowledged. They are well trained, well equipped and prepared to act in all circumstances, in accordance with their mandate.

We have also been proud to contribute to UN peacekeeping in the realm of ideas and norm building. During Pakistanís Presidency of the Security Council in 2013, the landmark Resolution 2086 was adopted. For the first time, it recognized the multidimensional nature of modern peacekeeping, and its evolving role in facing the complex challenges that come with it.

We believe that TCCs are the UNís eyes and ears on the ground. Their inputs are therefore invaluable for the Secretariat as well as the Security Council. Pakistan has therefore been a strong proponent of proactive and robust triangular cooperation.

In was in this vein that in 2017, along with the UK, Pakistan presented a Non-Paper to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) to aid discussions and find ways to improve triangular cooperation. We are happy to see this initiative referred to in the Concept Note for todayís Debate. As a consequence of our efforts, an entire Chapter was dedicated to triangular cooperation in the C-34 Report that year.

Let me make five specific points to further improve triangular cooperation:

Pakistan, with Morocco, established an informal Group of Troop and Police Contributing Countries in 2017. It includes top contributors to UN peacekeeping missions.

Our Group co-hosted a meeting on Triangular Cooperation with the participation of leading TCCs, senior representatives of the Secretariat and members of the Security Council. This platform can be used to further our common objective of effective communication and better peacekeeping.

Mr. President,

The Security Council and the Secretariat can continue to count on Pakistan as a key partner not only in the field, but in all dimensions of peacekeeping, including norm building and policy formulation. But without real triangular cooperation, we cannot expect to successfully deal with the multiple challenges we face today.

I thank you.