Statement by Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (16 February 2016)

Madam Chair,

Let me also start by paying tribute to a great champion of UN peacekeeping: Boutros Boutros Ghali (who passed away today). We offer our condolences to his family and friends and recall his stellar services to the United Nations which have left an indelible mark on the Organization.

We align ourselves with the statement made by Morocco on behalf of the Non Aligned Movement.

Our deliberations in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping operations assume special significance this year. Member States have before them the task of concluding the work initiated last year by the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Peace Operations and his own report on implementation of the Panel’s report.

2015 was a year of reviews.

2016 should become a year of decisions and implementation.

Madam Chair,

As a leading troop contributor, Pakistan's long-standing commitment to peacekeeping continues. We have equally played an active role in its norm-setting. We have a significant stake in its success. Our peacekeepers have maintained the highest standards of performance wherever they have been deployed.

As firm reiteration of our abiding commitment, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif co-hosted the Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping last September, and announced additional pledges to support future endeavors.

We consider our role a concrete contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security – one of our principal responsibilities here at the United Nations.

Madam Chair,

Briefings by the Secretariat have provided a solid basis for us to build on. They have helped us identify accomplishments, challenges and gaps.

The norm setting we are collectively undertaking here will guide this flagship enterprise of the United Nations for years to come. It will have an impact not only on peacekeepers on the ground, but also on the UN’s ability to play its role effectively, in the face of new challenges, emerging threats and the changing nature of conflict – indeed on the success and failure of UN peacekeeping in the future. This process therefore needs careful consideration and thought. Our Report has to be based on the review reports, our deliberations in this Committee and experiences of Troop and Police Contributing Countries.

Let me share our views on some of the issues that we will be assessing over the next few weeks:

Madam Chair,

The world today is beset with numerous, often intractable conflicts and urgent security challenges. Their complicated political and humanitarian dimensions are much harder to navigate and address than in the past. Change is necessary. But that change should not end up transforming peacekeeping into something it is not – a party to the conflict. The lines that maintain the crucial distinction between a blue helmet and a combatant are critical, and must be assiduously guarded.

Madam Chair,

Let me assure you that Pakistan’s commitment to peacekeeping remains unflinching. Despite security challenges at home, we continue to provide peacekeepers, as we consider this our international responsibility and duty. You can count on our steadfast support for our common enterprise.

I thank you.