Bangladesh's Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations Rabab Fatima called for greater international efforts to ensure safety and security of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers, including by embedding emergency preparedness in the mandate setting.
Ambassador Fatima made the remarks at a meeting of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) at the UN General Assembly on Monday, said a Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations press release.
Bangladesh is currently the largest troops contributing country to the United Nations and a member of the C-34. Bangladesh considers the security and safety of these peacekeepers as very important.
She paid tribute to the peacekeepers for fulfilling their mandates in the midst of the pandemic and providing important support to the host nation's pandemic response efforts and also stressed on prioritisation of peacekeepers for Covid-19 vaccines.
Ambassador Fatima referring to the increased multidimensional and multifaceted threats to international peace and security stated that in such a shifting there is no alternative to stronger peacekeeping.
She acknowledged the continuous reform undertaken by the UN in this regard including implementation of the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) agenda, and welcomed its review.
Ambassador Fatima also called for systematic efforts to incorporate the inputs coming from the peacekeepers on the ground in the major policy documents of the UN.
Bangladesh Ambassador condemned the attacks on peacekeepers and called for accountability for the crimes against the peacekeepers.
On the question of performance, Ambassador Fatima stressed the need to ensure conducive operational environmental coupled with required human and other resources.
"The mandates of the peacekeeping operations must remain clear, realistic, and achievable, commensurate to the capabilities, ground realities, and available resources", she added.
In order to ensure sustained impacts of peacekeeping operations in the field, 'peace process must be put on a clear political track supported by united peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts.'
In this regard, she stressed the increased coordination and cooperation between the peacekeeping missions and other actors engaged in the peacebuilding and sustaining peace.
Bangladesh Ambassador highlighted the importance of increased participation of women in peacekeeping and called for increased resource allocation for creating an enabling environment for women in peacekeeping, and for diversification of women's role through training and capacity building.
Referring to the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, she reiterated Bangladesh's readiness to at all levels, including in command positions, and in diversified roles.