Statement by Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in the Fourth Committee on the Comprehensive Review of the Whole Question of Peacekeeping Operations in all their Aspects (31 October 2018)

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by Morocco on behalf of the NAM.

Blue Helmets have earned respect the world over, for their impartiality and dedication to protect the most vulnerable in conflict zones, and by working for peace in the most protracted of conflicts.

But this comes at a cost. Only last weekend we lost two peacekeepers in Mali, something that all Troop Contributing Countries can sadly relate to.

Pakistan itself has lost 156 of its bravest while serving international peace and security. This is a reminder that while many give some to peace, some give all.

As one of the largest and most consistent TCCs for close to six decades, Pakistan has contributed over 200,000 troops to UN peacekeeping, who have served in 46 Missions with honour, professionalism and distinction.

In addition, we co-host one of the UN’s earliest missions – the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. UNMOGIP continues to monitor the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, and we greatly value its vital role in maintaining peace and security in our region.

Mr. Chairman,

Peacekeeping performance and accountability received particular attention this year in the C-34, and by Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ special initiative of Action for Peacekeeping (A4P).

The Security Council also adopted Resolution 2436 last month, that inter alia calls for a data based approach for performance assessment and stronger accountability for peacekeeping Missions.

We support reliance on the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System for all deployments, without exception. We welcome the whole of Mission approach that these documents build on, and appreciate the inclusive and consultative approach by which they were negotiated.

While we work collectively to strengthen peacekeeping, what runs contrary to these efforts is the ongoing intense focus on arbitrary reduction in budgets and financing for peacekeeping.

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to make six specific points on how we see the future of peacekeeping:

Mr. Chairman,

Peacekeeping is a collective effort and we are fully invested in its success. Blue Helmets are a source of pride for the UN, and indeed for all of us as TCCs. Those caught up in conflict zones see them as a lifeline and a source of hope for a secure and brighter future.

Together we should ensure that their work and successes are appreciated and their hands are strengthened.

I thank you.