Guterres calls for more resources for UN peacekeeping

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has requested additional funding for UN peacekeeping operations. "We need your help to make sure we're sending out well-trained troops with the right equipment. Uniformed peacekeepers frequently lack the abilities needed to administer first aid, plan and conduct patrols, or assess information and identify dangers "Guterres said.

Over the last seven years, there has been a significant rise in support for UN peacekeeping, allowing the world organisation to quickly deploy new military and police assets. However, after 1945, the world has seen the highest number of violent conflicts. Conflicts are becoming more complex and extended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate problem, and geopolitical tensions. Peacekeeping has never been more important, and its success has never been more critical, he said in a video address to the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, in 2021.

Helicopters and medical evacuation teams are needed in Mali to cover a large area that is not accessible by road or water. Long-range unmanned aircraft systems, such as those used in the Central African Republic, are critical to a number of operations. These systems aid in the protection of civilians by allowing peacekeepers to know what is going on around them at all times of the day and night, he explained.

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