New York - CCCPA and the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations--in cooperation with the permanent missions of the Republic of Mali and the Kingdom of Sweden--organized a luncheon discussion on “Enhancing the Performance of United Nations Peacekeeping: From Shared Political Commitments to a Joint Implementation Framework”, at the UN Headquarters on 26 March 2019.
The luncheon, which took place three days ahead of the UN Ministerial Conference on “Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection”, addressed key issues related to the performance and effectiveness of peacekeeping operations--as defined by the “Cairo Roadmap on Enhancing the Performance of Peacekeeping Operations from Mandate to Exit”--including: mandates, resources, readiness of peacekeepers, capabilities and partnerships.
The luncheon provided a platform for 60 participants from troop and police contributing countries (T/PCCs), members of the Security Council, the UN Secretariat, host nations and financial contributors, to take stock of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) Initiative and the Declaration of Shared Commitments on Peacekeeping Operations, in a practical, integrated, and mutually reinforcing manner.
Egypt’s UN Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, highlighted the need for comprehensive and collective efforts to implement the Declaration, guided by the principle of multilateral diplomacy.
Meanwhile, Mali’s UN Permanent Representative Mr. Noel Diarra, outlined the high-risk environment and challenges facing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
On her part, Ms. Lina Bunis, the Deputy UN Permanent Representative of Sweden, emphasized the importance of strategic partnerships in addressing these challenges, and the commanded pathway which the Cairo Roadmap has paved in this regard.
In his intervention, CCCPA Director General, Ashraf Swelam reiterated the importance of engaging all peacekeeping stakeholders to enhance peacekeeping operations. In this context, he referred to the Cairo Roadmap concept of “Quadrilateral Consultations” among T/PCCs, the UN Security Council, as well as the UN Secretariat and host nations.
Finally, Mr. Jean Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, stressed on the importance of Member States’ political will and commitments to advance the implementation of the A4P, praising Egypt’s initiative to develop the Cairo Roadmap.
The overarching goal of the Cairo Roadmap is to advance the ongoing reform efforts by presenting concrete and actionable recommendations for the implementation of the A4P, with the aim of enhancing the UN peacekeeping performance and effectiveness. The Roadmap is partially based on the outcome of the “Cairo High-Level Regional Conference on Enhancing the Performance of Peacekeeping Operations: From Mandate to Exit”, organized by the Government of Egypt and CCCPA, in November 2018.