Mr. President, I thank you, the members of the Bureau, the Secretariat of the Fifth Committee, ACABQ, and the UN Secretariat for their continued efforts to support the Fifth Committee.
The United Kingdom has been a strong, long-standing supporter of UN peacekeeping since its inception. Last week, we concluded our presidency of the UN Security Council by dedicating a new tree to the UN Northern Hemisphere in memory of Sir Brian Urquhart, the British Deputy Secretary-General, widely known as the founder of UN peacekeeping.
In this session, we must ensure that peacekeeping operations receive adequate, cost-effective funding – staff to advocate for full implementation of the mandate, including on human rights and gender issues, based on lessons learned from the epidemic. We must break the cycle of disagreeing with the resolution if we are to fulfill our responsibilities to provide proper guidance.
I will take this opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the Peacekeepers and their support. We look forward to hearing from the Secretary-General’s proposal on troop compensation rates, peacekeeping security, safety և health, including mental health, as well as PTSD.
Safety and security, of course, should be everyone’s right. We expect member states to agree on the resolution on sexual exploitation and abuse; we call for continued commitment and action throughout the UN system through enhanced leadership, organizational culture, including prevention, response, and survivor support.
We reiterate that peacekeeping is the highest contribution to the UN system of climate change; we call for greater progress in mitigation, including continued progress in efficient, professional, sustainable supply chain management.
An effective, inclusive organization is important in the UN system, not just in the field of peacekeeping, so we look forward to funding in line with the Secretary-General’s Strategic Action Plan for Action. It will contribute to the fight against racism, it will promote the dignity of all staff, which will benefit the UN from different perspectives, from life experience. We also look forward to discussing progress on better accessibility for people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in UN meetings, conferences.
Other highlights of this session include prevention options, extended peacebuilding funding, and the resumption of discussions on the UN financial situation, on a more solid basis, which we will announce during the session.
Finally, as we strive for continuous improvement և accountability, we welcome the recommendations of the Audit Board և Office of Oversight Services.
Mr President, the United Kingdom looks forward to making rapid progress this session under your leadership: in support of a timely closure.
Strengthening our support for UN peacekeeping initiatives. Declaration of the United Kingdom at the UN General Assembly
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