Conflicts are becoming more complex … and the forces of pace face greater threats

More than 66,000 forces of pace United Nations faces greater threats today as conflicts become more complex and driven by an increasing number of factors ranging from ethnic tensions and the impact of organized crime to illegal exploitation of resources and terrorism, said the director of maintenance operations. of the pace. Pierre Lacroix, Friday.

Conflicts are becoming more complex … and the forces of pace face greater threats
forces of pace in Sudan

In an interview with the Associated Press, Lacroix noted that even compared to two or three years ago, “most of our maintenance missions pace it suffers from a political and security context in deterioration”.

Furthermore, conflicts are “multi-layered”, often going beyond the local and the national to become regional and even global. He provided an example of this in the poor Sahel region of Africa, which is witnessing an increase in terrorist activity.

Forces of pace in southeastern central Africa
Forces of pace in southeastern central Africa

He said this change in the way in which the forces of pace of the United Nations is due to a number of factors starting with the growing political divisions between the 193 member states of the United Nations.

THE driver of the conflict are in increase, Lacroix added, and there are also what he called “conflict enhancers,” including digital technologies and the impact of news false and disinformation about conflicts, and “armed groups using increasingly sophisticated means to undermine our actions”.

International strength of pace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
International strength of pace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12 maintenance operations of the pace

The United Nations currently has 12 maintenance operations pace – six in Africa, four in Middle East, one in Europe is one in Asia – with over 66,000 soldiers from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 international policemen and 14,000 civilians.

Lacroix claimed that the forces of pace they continue to make a “big difference” in countries in which they oversee ceasefires, such as Cyprus and southern Lebanon, in conflict prevention terms, “and they also make a huge difference in terms of civilian protection, although we would like to like to be in able to do more, “but said conflict factors” significantly affect conflicts in we are committed to. “” They represent increasingly significant threats to countries in which our missions are deployed and, frankly, for the region in which we operate, “he added.

“Are we sufficiently equipped as a multilateral system to deal with these threats? I’m not sure. I think there is probably a lot to do in these areas, “asked Lacroix.

He described the upcoming ministerial meeting on maintenance operations of the pace United Nations in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on 7-8 December as an important opportunity to improve the performance and impact of the maintenance forces pace and “the effectiveness of our tools” and mobilize international support for these efforts.

Lacroix said a “large number” of ministers and senior officials from all UN member states should arrive in Seoul, stressing that high-level participation is “very important” as an expression of support for maintenance operations. pace of the United Nations, funded by a budget separate The United Nations has $ 6.38 billion for the year ending June 30, 2022, in addition to voluntary contributions.

He noted that the Department for the maintenance of the pace has distributed to UN member states a list of what they need to better protect the forces of pace from ambushes, IEDs and attacks. He said the list also includes improved medical support and equipment to make the forces of pace smarter, more mobile and responsive.

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